This week’s WTRF CA House band of the week is Paden City.
The Paden City Marching band affectionately calls themselves the “Biggest Little Band in the Land.”
The 39 member band has musicians ranging from grades 7 through 12, and they all love making music and marching.
“I think it’s so much fun, like the first time you go onto the actual field its so nerve racking but after your done you just feel like a whole weight is lifted off your shoulders,” said junior, Abby Means.
The band has a history of excellence spanning seven decades, and many members’ parents also marched.
The new band director Debra Price is pushing the envelope and challenging the band to be even better than their legacy.
“I’m proud of how much work they have put in, this is different, new band director, different expectations, but I’m proud of how hard they have worked and they weren’t afraid of change and I appreciate that,” said Price.
“She loves music and loves us, and she shows that which helps a lot with learning,” said senior field commander, Samuel Price.
But when the trumpets stop sounding and the drums stop rattling, the Paden City band is still together, because they say they are a family.
“Everything that comes with having friends, having your back, even if it’s not in band if it’s anything else. When we have members who are in other athletics, we’ll bring our instruments to the junior high games to support our members,” said Samuel Price.
“We are a family we do a lot, we are together all day on Friday for football games, and all day on Saturday in the rain at competitions and things, and parades in the community, we just enjoy being with one another and we all get along and its great,” said Debra Price.