L-S Tradition: Band Buddy Night
Sixth grader Maura Savoca and sophomore Donovan Thomann, both trumpet players, hang out in the stands during Band Buddy Night.
On a special Friday night each fall, the Lampeter-Strasburg Marching Band takes middle school band members under its wing to participate in the organized chaos of a home football game. It’s called Buddy Night and by all accounts it’s a memorable and fun experience for seasoned band members and newbies alike.
Buddy Night has been a rite of passage among the district’s marching musicians for the last ten years. The evening’s traditions begin with a presentation at the LSHS Performing Arts Center (PAC), during which band sections are introduced and play for the middle school audience. Buddies are then assigned by section and the full band marches to the stadium, playing both schools' drum line cadences along the way. The Martin Meylin band does a pre-game performance and the full band comes together to play the “Star Spangled Banner” on the field. Middle school students spend the remainder of the game in the stands, cheering and playing along with their high school mentors.
Buddy Night gives younger band members a behind-the-scenes look at the high school marching band experience. It also provides older members with the chance to pass along their wisdom and expertise. More than anything, it’s a great opportunity for the band community to make new friends, play some music, and show their Pioneer spirit.
Mr. Royer leads the Martin Meylin band during the pre-game show. (Photo: K. Branting)
The bands stand together to perform the national anthem. (Photo: K. Branting)
Brass section band buddies provide a spirited soundtrack to the football game. (Photo: K. Branting)
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