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, multi-talented students and their shows in “Strike Up the Bands.”

School: West Scranton High School

Show title: ”The Sounds of Chicago”

Songs: ”Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?,” “Saturday in the Park” and “Make Me Smile”

Students leaders: John Tirva, drum major, and Lucy Pawluck, junior drum major

Staff member: Robert Lozada, director

Sum it up: “The band comprises 20 students — 14 players and six color guard. We are small, but we stand tall. The show features the music of the legendary band, Chicago.” — Robert Lozada


Weekend performances

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

Friday, Sept. 24

  • North Pocono at Wallenpaupack Area
  • Valley View at West Scranton
  • Scranton Prep at Western Wayne
  • Lakeland at Carbondale Area
  • Dunmore at Riverside
  • Montrose at Old Forge
  • Scranton at Honesdale
  • Holy Redeemer at Lackawanna Trail
  • Susquehanna at Nanticoke

Saturday, Sept. 25

  • Delaware Valley at Abington Heights
  • Mid Valley at Holy Cross