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520 marching band students will perform in Muncy

By Staff | Sep 22, 2017

PHOTO PROVIDED The Loyalsock Marching Band will perform their "Terra Nova" show during the LCBDA band exhibition at Muncy High School on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when 8 county bands come together for one big performance.

MUNCY – The Lycoming County Band Expo is coming to Muncy! This happening is a well-orchestrated event under the leadership of Michael Buck, the band director at Muncy Jr/Sr High School. It will be an exhibition under The Lycoming County Band Directors’ Association (LCBDA) which was organized in the spring of 1974.

On Wednesday, September 27th all Junior and Senior High School bands and band directors in all of Lycoming County will come together at Muncy High School to perform in the football field their best half time shows.

Each band, there are 8 of them according to Buck, will play three songs and march effortlessly into a pattern of well rehearsed formations. “This is the first time the band association performed here in Muncy,” Michael Buck said. Each year the exhibition is at a different school. Mr. Brian Renn from Montgomery school who is part of the LCBDA approached Buck and asked if Muncy would be interested this year.

All of the bands are from Lycoming County and a total of 520 marching band students will be there that night. Rehearsal is at 5 p.m. and will be the only time all of the students will rehearse together. Each band will perform separately and at the end of the performance all 520 students will come together for a finale of 3 songs. “We want to make it fun,” Buck replied. The first song will be patriotic, the second one will be “Everybody has fun tonight” and the third will be Prince’s famous song “1999.”

Muncy’s Marching band will be performing the “Star-Spangled Banner” as part of their three ensemble pieces. “The whole thing comes together great and everyone does their job,” assured Buck who has been working on the event that will highlight each band’s best half time performance. “It’s like watching several half time shows!”

Special seating is available for the public and stadium seating for the band members. An admission fee applies with discounts for students.

“This is a showcase of what our county has to offer, and shows off their marching show,” added Buck.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 6:55 p.m. with the playing of the National Anthem.

The purpose of the LCBDA is to foster support between band directors and students involved in instrumental programs of Lycoming County, and to provide the best musical experiences possible through festivals and exhibitions.