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Barons percussion ‘Eclipsed’ the competition

By mhunnefield on November 14, 2018 - Lititz Record Express

Manheim PA

Manheim Central’s Marching Barons participated in the 59th annual Cavalcade of Bands Marching Band Championship on Nov. 10 at Hersheypark Stadium over the weekend. With their performance packaged, “Eclipse,” they scored 89.20, placing them second in the Patriot A division. They are especially proud of their percussion section, who earned divisional high honors. 


The band used the bitter cold and windy conditions as “a springboard to push hard and really play well,” director John Brackbill said. Brackbill said this performance was bittersweet because the fourth-graders he started teaching in 2011 will graduate high school this year.

Other band personnel this season includes:

Assistant director: Stephanie Smith

Key personnel: Chelsea Smith, sideline percussion instructor; Stephanie Smith, sideline percussion instructor; Kayla Noll, visual instructor, field technician, low brass instructor; Jim Zuercher, battery percussion instructor; Alaina Herbst, color guard instructor; Jess Kling, color guard instructor; Evyn Kahl, field technician.

Instrumentalists: 116

Color guard: 18

Performance details: “Eclipse.” The four-part movement features music from “Jubilateo” by Samuel Hazo, “Eclipse” by Matt Browne, and “Black Hole Sun” by American rock band Soundgarden.

About Manheim Central Band Boosters

The Manheim Central Band Boosters is a fundraising group comprised of the parents of band members. It was formed to help underwrite the activities of the high school band, the Manheim Central Marching Barons. Through french-fry sales at home football games, an annual chicken barbecue, the Baron Invitational and other activities, the Boosters help to provide financial support for annual performances and activities.


Come to the Shack!

Join us for this fundraiser at The Shack in Manheim. Soon the discount flyer will be distributed and when you bring it along, The Shack will donate 10% of the value of your check back to the Band Boosters.


Chicken BBQ Fundraiser

Last Saturday in August - Details to come!


Baron Invitational

Planning for the Baron Invitational will begin before we know it. Attend meetings to get involved. Or click on the link below to sign up for the volunteer position of your choice! Meetings to be announced early summer.

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