USSBA Band of the Day: Cherokee High School

Hosting The Cherokee Classic band show on Oct. 16


The Cherokee High School Marching Band is hosting a US Scholastic Band Association show on Oct. 16 at the high school in Marlton, N.J. Let’s learn a little more about them: 

Name of School: Cherokee High School, Marlton, N.J. 

Directors and Staff:

Michael Lynch – Director
Earl Phillips – Assistant Director
Chrissy Fricke – Color Guard Advisor
Shannon Schiavo – Music/Marching Instructor
Amanda Lakits – Music/Marching Instructor
Jason Crafts – Percussion Instructor
Anthony Matthews – Percussion Instructor
Beth Murphy – Percussion Instructor
Colleen Curren – Front Ensemble Instructor
Shaun Stipick – Visual Instructor
Patrick Hardin – Color Guard Design/Instructor 

Share the challenges of getting your band on the field.

Coordinating all members, parents, staff members, school officials, administration, etc… Distributing information is the easy part, it’s making sure everyone understands and comprehends the director’s ideas, wishes, and instructions that present the greatest challenge.  Unifying nearly 200 people, concerning small but crucial details, is our greatest challenge. 

What's been the most rewarding part of it all?

Experiencing and seeing the joyful faces, feeling of accomplishment, and overwhelming positive energy that each person expresses on the night of championships! 

Tell us about your students. What makes them so terrific?
The Cherokee Band is something that is larger than all of the members combined.  Becoming a part of the Cherokee Band as a staff member, band booster, or student, means entering the ranks of success, pride, and tradition.  Our students crave the feeling of success and sense of accomplishment as a whole.  The relationships built in our program sustain for a lifetime!   

Tell us about your upcoming USSBA show.

The Cherokee Classic band competition is something that marching bands from all around the tri-state area have enjoyed for nearly 20 years.  The performance venue, recently upgraded to synthetic turf, creating a special arena for bands to sound amazing.  The bowl-shaped stadium and towering stands give the students, staff, and audience alike an opportunity for superior performance.   

The Cherokee Classic will be held on Saturday, October 16th at Cherokee High School.  Please come and enjoy the sights and sounds of USSBA’s finest area bands.  The Band Boosters cooking is nothing short of the great performances you’ll experience on the competitive field.  

What makes your USSBA show incredible?

The Cherokee Band will be performing “Desert Winds” by Gary P. Gilroy for the 2010 competitive season.  Our show will take you to lands far away, show you the desert landscapes, and perform music of local Arabian marketplaces.  This show is sure to entertain each audience member. 

Band of the Day is an occasional feature of the US Scholastic Band Association spotlighting the many wonderful host schools of the Association. Are you hosting a USSBA event and want to be featured as Band of the Day? Email Tara Lee Bryant at


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