The Shows

2016 Big Red Marching Band: El Dia De La Vida

This year’s show is entitled El Dia De La Vida! This lively and colorful celebration of life is inspired by the music and culture of the festive traditions of Mexico. We open with No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom, an up-tempo Latin rock tune which features our bass player as well as mixed-meter movement. The eerie melodies of Danny Elfman’s Beetlejuice pulls us into the world of the macabre. Ozomatli’s Donde Se Fueron spotlights the percussion who launch us into our fiesta, which concludes with Chango, a frenzied closing number featuring drastically contrasting tempos.

The band is under the direction of Mr. Adam Tucker. Assistant Band Director and Color Guard Director is Mrs. Tink Fazekas. Our Head Percussion Instructor is Mr. Tim Wilson. Our staff includes Sam Esquirell, Andrew Gottesman, Lisa Gribbin, Derek Kostovick, and Shawn Zelner. Drill design is by Eric Kitchenman. Music and choreography is by the incomparable Banderman Productions! Captains this year include Allison Repsik, Michaela Miller, Julia Markey, Noah Allen, Morgan McMullen, Jonathan Detwiler, Steven Nadal, Sydni Bivighouse, and Loue Repsik. The band is led onto the field by Drum Majors Priya Pradhan and Nathan Renner.

The Big Red Marching Band would like to thank Souderton Area School District Superintendent Mr. Frank Gallagher, SAHS Principal Dr. Sam Varano, and all the faculty, staff, and community for their continued support. Special thanks to the Big Red Band Boosters for their hard work and dedication to this great organization.

2015 Big Red Marching Band: Star-Cross’d

This year’s show is entitled Star-Cross’d. Two households, both alike in dignity, across the cosmos, where we lay our scene. Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean, a pair of star-cross’d lovers come to light.

We tell their story through the timeless suite The Planets by Gustav Holst. Through our uninterrupted performance you will hear themes representing every planet, from the flowing vocal melody of Neptune to the combative percussion of Mercury. As the show progresses, observe the forbidden adulation between the two performers representing the majestic beauty of Jupiter and the devoted soldier of Mars. The which if you with patient ears attend, what here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

The band is under the direction of Steve Straka and Assistant Band Director Adam Tucker. Our Guard Instructor is Tink Fazekas and our Percussion Instructor is Tim Wilson. Support Staff includes Sam Esquirell, Derek Kostovick, and Katie Rudnik. Drill design is by Bret Mascaro. Guard and musical arrangements are by the incomparable Banderman Productions. Our feature dancers are Payton Ross and Noah Allen. The band is under the field direction of drum majors Matthew Gargano, Sara Mack, and Priya Pradhan. The Big Red Marching Band would like to thank SAHS principal Dr. Sam Varano, SASD Superintendent Mr. Frank Gallagher, and all the supporters from the Souderton community.

2014 Big Red Marching Band: Monsters University Collegiate Extravaganza

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This year’s show is entitled The Monsters University Collegiate Extravaganza! Enjoy as the Big Red Marching Band pays tribute to the traditional college football halftime shows through the exciting music featured in Disney/Pixar’s film Monsters University.

We begin with the MU Fight Song, which features the band storming the field with our thunderous drum cadence and up tempo marching as we form the letters of our beloved Monsters University. Our second tune is Gospel, popularized by the jazz-funk group the March Fourth Marching Band. We further embrace the college band repertoire in this jazz tune by featuring a step show by the color guard, a brass combo and even improvised solos by Chelsea Sharp on alto sax, Zach Washel on trombone, and Zak Barbezat on trumpet. The Monsters University Alma Mater slows the pace but emphasizes the wonderful imagery and complex footwork only a marching band is capable of. We conclude our tribute with the challenging and wonderfully textured Rise and Shine, which prominently features our drum line in two separate solo features.

The band is under the direction of Mr. Steve Straka. Band staff includes assistant band director Mr. Adam Tucker, guard instructor Mrs. Tink Fazekas, and percussion instructor Mr. Tim Wilson. Musical arrangements and drill design are by the incomparable Banderman Productions! Band leadership this year includes Chelsea Sharp, Austin Esquirell, Thomas Schloo, Kaitlyn Margulies, Elayna Wilson, and Brooks Kaufman. The band is under the field direction of Sara Mack and Matthew Gargano. The Big Red Marching Band would like to acknowledge SASD superintendent Mr. Frank Gallagher, SAHS principal Dr. Sam Varano, athletic director Mr. Tom Quintois, and the faculty, staff, and community in the Souderton Area School District. Extra special thanks to the Big Red Band Boosters for all of their hard work and dedication to this great organization!