USSBA Band of the Day: Red Land High School

Hosting a Gold Star and clinic event on Sept. 18

The Red Land High School Marching Band is hosting a US Scholastic Band Association show on Sept. 18 at West Shore Stadium in Camp Hill, Pa. Let’s learn a little more about them: 

Name of School:

Red Land High School, Lewisberry, Pa. 

Directors and Staff:

Director - Robert Starrett
Design
Wind Music – Andrew Yozviak
Percussion – George Clements
Drill – Jeff Sacktig
Guard – Bobby Sherretz
Wind & Marching Staff – Robert Starrett, Oliver Fairley, Kevin Wrightstone, Ben Seagraves
Percussion & Marching Staff – George Clements, Tim Crane, Greg Banks, Brian Stockard, Brad Wert
Guard Staff – Bobby Sherretz, Bobby Glass, Casey Lucas 

Share the challenges of getting your band on the field.            

I imagine our challenges are similar if not the same as most high school band programs.  Our main difficulties lie in fund raising and recruiting.  I believe both are related to each other indirectly.  Because young people are doing so many things earlier in life nowadays, they don’t have time to add marching band to their already busy schedules.  In addition, those very busy kids are most likely fund raising for groups they are already involved in, thus creating a very crowded community in which to raise money. 

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

The most rewarding part is that despite all the difficulties, we still find a way to give our students a positive life-changing experience.  I always say to my students that excellence is part of the deal and it is chasing excellence, in the right way, shapes us into better people.  I am proud to say that Red Land enjoys a long-standing reputation for excellence and we show no signs of stopping. 

Tell us about your students. What makes them so terrific?

What makes my students so terrific is that they trust our staff.  That trust allows us to push them to work harder than they think they can, especially when they don’t feel like it.  I respect that trust a lot.  I also love the energy and fun they bring to the work.  We work very hard but it is important to have fun and enjoy all that time spent with each other.   

Tell us about your upcoming USSBA show.           

Our show is held on Sept. 18 at West Shore stadium in Camp Hill, Pa.  We always like to have a Gold show with a clinic.  We like to offer these options for bands to get as much quality feedback as possible on such an early date.  We believe this is helpful in case changes need to be made with a lot of the season left. 

What makes your USSBA show incredible? 

We call our show Sounds of the Patriots as it has been for over 35 years.  The last two years we coordinated with our local autism chapter to provide a connection between the marching arts and a very worthy cause.  We will continue in this vein this year and look to expand community outreach married with marching bands in the future.  I hope the idea takes hold everywhere.  I think marching band shows provide positive energy for the community and tapping into that energy with worthwhile causes seems like a perfect match.

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 tara@yea.org.

 

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