They march in parades and perform at special events throughout the year, but for the hundreds of instrumentalists, color guard members and majorettes in local high school marching bands, the fall field show is the apex. It’s time to show they have what it takes. It’s time to make their schools proud. Throughout the fall, Weekend Times will profile these dedicated, multitalented students and their shows in “Strike Up the Bands.”

Show: ”Dance Songs Through the Decades”

Songs: “I Want You Back”; “Hooked on a Feeling”; “Take on Me,” featuring a dance presentation by the Crimsonettes; and “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”

Student leaders: Madison Christiano and Mikhail Fabi, drum majors; Danielle Decker, Miss Buck; Madison Waltz, featured twirler; Matthew Mychayliw, brass captain; Isabella Aydin, percussion captain; Emma Pasko, woodwind captain; and section leaders Antonia Summa, Cameron Jones, Megan Gilhooley, Jacquelyn Bitter, Emma Renard, Maggie McNally and Geanna Kirchner

Staff: Nicole Zywicki, band director; Karen Brown, assistant band director; Sara Worozbyt, Crimsonette director; and Nicole Pizzola, assistant Crimsonette director

Sum it up: “This year’s show features ‘dance songs through the decades’ — dance hits from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.” — Nicole Zywicki


Weekend performances

Catch high school marching bands in action at some of these football games.

Friday, Sept. 17

  • Valley View at Scranton
  • Abington Heights at Wyoming Valley West
  • Tunkhannock at North Pocono
  • Wallenpaupack at Lakeland
  • Honesdale at Riverside
  • West Scranton at Mid Valley
  • Western Wayne at Crestwood
  • Scranton Prep at Dunmore
  • Carbondale Area at Hanover Area
  • Old Forge at Northwest Area

Saturday, Sept. 18

  • Lackawanna Trail at Susquehanna
  • Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech at Holy Cross
  • Wilkes-Barre Area at Delaware Valley
  • Montrose vs. Holy Redeemer, at Northwest Area