Teenagers who bring music into the lives of many Westfield people will be asking the community for their support this coming weekend.
Members of Westfield High School’s Marching Band will be holding their annual Shako Day where they collect money that helps pay for instruments, uniforms and costs associated with competitions.
The Marching Blue Devils can be seen at all the high school’s football games and at community events such as the Memorial Day parade and the Halloween costume parade.
On Friday evening and Saturday morning band members will be in and around Westfield, wearing the t-shirt for this year’s show, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which features music from Elton John and Shostakovich as well as the Man of Steel movie theme.
The money will be collected in the traditional shako (pronounced shay-ko), the hat that marching bands throughout the country are seen wearing at football games in the Fall.
The band has been working hard on this year’s show and will compete for the first time in Scotch Plains the following weekend.
Later this year, the band will represent Westfield in several local, regional and national competitions.