The Valley High Lumberjacks are the WTRF/C.A. House Band of the Week. There are 50 members in this year’s marching band, which is pretty impressive for a school of 200 students.
Donald Taylor is in his fifth year as band director at Valley, and said getting students interested at an early age is key to the band’s success. “I actually start these kids in the 5th grade and see them all the way through 12th. I have football players, cheerleaders, volleyball players, Baseball Players, Basketball players, basketball. We have 33% of the school population in the band. It makes for an interesting group,” Taylor said.
The impressive halftime show features a variety of rock music, as well as eight color guard members and one featured twirler. Makayla Mellott dazzles the crowd each week with a flaming baton performance that has everyone on the edge of their seats. “At first I was really scared but now when I’m twirling my regular baton I get bored because there is no fire on the ends,” she said.
Band members agree that performing in front of a big crowd on Friday night is exciting, and at times a little intimidating. “It’s an amazing feeling. They are for you, they are watching you, They are cheering you on. They are feeding you energy to perform a good show for them,” said Field Commander Marah Dudgeon.
The Lumberjacks will take their show back to New Mattamoras on Friday night, as they take on the Frontier Cougars.