By Carly Guise
Throughout the day of October 26, chairs and blankets could be seen accumulating along the streets of Red Lion in anticipation for what was to come that night.
Vendors could be seen loading their carts with various light-up toys and balloons, preparing for hordes of small children aching for a new prize to take home.
Extravagant floats hooked up to the backs of trucks were rolling down the street with one destination: the parking lot of Red Lion Area Senior High School.
It’s a familiar sight for all, a sure sign that Red Lion’s annual Halloween parade would soon be on its way. It’s always a busy day for the small town, but one that everyone enjoys.
In fact, many of those in the Red Lion community have been coming to the parade for so long that it is a yearly tradition within their families.
“I’ve been coming for 12 years,” Brittney Riedel, a Red Lion sophomore, said.
Many students have similar stories of their favorite parade memories, but not everyone has spent several chilly childhood nights diving for candy and seeing their friends dancing on floats.
“This is my first year coming,” Sam Koons, an eighth grader, said. “The best part so far is just the fun environment, and getting all the free candy.”
First-timer Melanie Tarnacki also had a great time. “I was really impressed by how organized it all was.”
While getting excited during the parade is typical for quite a few, it’s also a lot of fun for those in the parade.
“I love seeing all of the different floats,” said Maddie Webst, 11, who was handing out candy with the Girl Scouts float. “I really like the creepy limos.”
Junior Jacklyn Henshaw, who has walked in the parade as part of FFA for three years, always enjoys it. “I love when the little kids come to pet the animals we bring,” Henshaw said. “It’s always so great to see them smile.”
The parade not only featured the high school’s FFA club, but numerous other clubs and groups as well; including, Red Lion’s cheerleaders, the swim team, the Marching Lions, the lacrosse team, the Felton Fire Company, White Rose Twirlers, Wanda’s Cadets, the wrestling team, and many more.
All in all, if the crowded streets of Red Lion on Monday night could say anything, it’d be that the parade was a huge success, with both floats and the spectators alike.
By Eli Gregory
With an energy filled visual show, accompanied by dynamic music, the Marching Lions 2015 field show, Uprising, is sure to awe any audience watching.
Since June 11, the band has been learning and conquering the vigorous drill and intense music given to them.
The 2015 season show, “Uprising”, features tunes from the famous musical, Les Miserables, and music from The 1812 Overture. Uprising is filled with upbeat music, and a rapid visual show. Anyone watching will feel a sense of anarchy and revolt.
“I think this show takes it to the next level,” stated senior tenor sax player Duncan Keller, “They know our limits and are pushing us beyond that.”
During band camp, band instructor Mr Crone explained to the group of musicians how much the band has improved over the years. In the past four years alone, The Marching Lions have almost doubled the amount of drill in their shows. This has resulted in a show with much more complexity and difficulty.
Even though this year has a challenging show, the band’s focus each practice has allowed them to learn the drill at a steady pace. Along with the drill, the music has also steadily increased in difficulty.
In order to grapple with the difficulty of the show this year, the band has changed their practice schedule to focus on different parts of the band at one time. What once was a full band rehearsal held on Tuesdays is now two different sectionals split between Monday and Tuesday. These practices are also more focused on the visual aspect of the show, and are overseen by Visual Instructor, Mr. Kriebel.
“It will definitely be better for the guard and percussion to have that time” Kriebel replied when asked about the benefits of the new practices. “I can only see it being good for us.”
The Marching Lions are very proud to announce that this is the first year in Marching Lions history that the drill was created “in-house”. This means all the marching seen in the show was written by the band’s visual instructor Mr. Kriebel. “I know what I’m getting at the end, I make changes as I want to”.
As the season progresses, the Marching Lions are getting more and more excited for the four year band trip. This years destination will be San Antonio, Texas, where the band will participate in a night time march through the Alamo.
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