There are fifty members in this years Valley High Lumberjacks marching band. Impressive numbers for a school with just around two hundred students.
Donald Taylor is in his fifth year as band director at Valley. He says 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,” Taylor said. “We have 33% of the school population in the band. It makes for an interesting group.”
Their impressive halftime show features a variety of rock music as well as 8 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,” Mellott said.
Band members agree that performing in front of a big crowd on a Friday night is fun, 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,” says field commander, Marah Dudgeon. “They are feeding you energy to perform a good show for them.”
The Lumberjacks will take their show to New Mattamoras this Friday night when Valley takes on the Frontier Cougars.