By: Kaitlyn Szlachta
The event started at six p.m., and the weather was pleasant. The yellow buses with their districts’ names started arriving, each filled with eager performers. Everyone was nervously anticipating their performance, everything they practiced for. Grills were fired up, and the smell of sizzling hot dogs and charbroiled hamburgers filled the air. Friends and family crowded the stadium to past its capacity, while hundreds remained near concessions. Over twelve local area bands came to represent their schools, proudly displaying their school colors.
Judges eagerly grabbed their recorders and notebooks while the sun slowly set. The sun left its last coral hue gleaning off the metal stands and smiling faces of the spectators as they awaited upcoming bands. The stadium lights are slowly brought to life as the announcer calls CB West. Their drum cadence echoed off the buildings as they enter the field.
Over the course of three hours, competitors pulled out all the stops in an effort to win over the judges and secure points in the score books. Each band competed to be heard, for their each unique tonality and guard presentations, each more lavish than the last.
Eventually, the host band, defending state champions, Upper Dublin Marching Cardinals, performed of their show, Audiology, which was a true Spectacle of Sound. The evening’s performances were concluded by the Temple University Marching Band, who performed a unique show, with top hits from the summer of 2015, such as, “Cheerleader”, “Can’t Feel My Face”, and “Shut Up and Dance”. As they finished, the band and spectators alike gave a hearty three minute standing ovation. Soon after, Temple left the field and awards were given out to each band, such as the “High Percussion Award”, or just overall placings in each bands division, which concluded the night.