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, we’ll profile these dedicated, multi-talented students and their shows in “Strike Up the Bands.”

JASON FARMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER North Pocono drum majors Kathryn Purcell and Ryan Schield

North Pocono High School Trojans

Show: “Green Day,” arranged by Tom Wallace and Jay Dawson

Songs: ”Bang Bang,” “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” “Holiday” and “Still Breathing”

Student leaders: Kathryn Purcell and Ryan Schield, drum majors; Meghan Murray, Miss Trojan; and Allie Taffera, featured twirler

Faculty and staff: Janelle Decker, band director; Rachel Galassi, assistant band director; Michele DelPrete, marching units adviser; Raymond Stedenfeld, Tom Hamilton and Steve Kurilla, summer music advisers; David Cooper, drill writer; Amber Borys, majorette choreographer; and Lisa Pentz, color guard choreographer

Sum it up: “The North Pocono Trojan Band and Marching Units are comprised of over 100 members this marching season. We are very excited to welcome over 25 new members to our ensemble as well as welcome back members in their second, third and fourth years of marching band. The students have been working extremely hard and have already clocked 40 hours of rehearsal in order to meet the demands of this challenging show. The Green Day show is sure to be a total crowd pleaser with these musical arrangements, drill and choreography that capture the elements of energy, intensity, contrast and emotion.” — Janelle Decker

JASON FARMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER North Pocono’s Olivia Delfino in the color guard

 Weekend performances

Catch high school marching bands in action at these football games:

Friday, Aug. 30

  • Dunmore at Mid Valley
  • Carbondale Area at Riverside
  • Susquehanna at Lackawanna Trail
  • Abington Heights at Valley View
  • Delaware Valley at West Scranton
  • Western Wayne at North Pocono
  • Wallenpaupack Area at Honesdale
  • Scranton at Wilkes-Barre Area
  • Lakeland at Lake-Lehman
  • Hanover Area at Old Forge

Saturday, Aug. 31

  • Wyoming Area at Scranton Prep


JASON FARMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER North Pocono’s Connor Richards on the quints