Marching band season comes to an end

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Marching Band with one of its drum majors, Lauren Feldman (’15) at left in the front.

The last notes of music have died away. The dance and flurry of flags have ceased. The march has ended.

The Cherry Hill East Marching Band has wrapped up its flags and stored its uniforms with the conclusion of its 2014 season.

The band ended its season at the annual Collingswood Holiday Parade on Nov. 29. Reporting to East at 7 a.m., the band fought against extremely cold weather and snow as it performed from Zane Avenue all the way down Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, NJ.

As a compensation, however, the band members were given an early morning breakfast when they arrived at East. They had time to eat, relax and hang out before they left to perform at Collingswood as a group for one last time, according to trumpet player Josh Murtha

“It’s the last thing that the Marching Band does in its season,” he said. “Marching down the streets [and] playing…it [was] kind of a fun way to go out.”

The group has marched at this annual parade for several years, long before the time of Josh and the other seniors.

Aside from the various East football games and other events, the season was successful. At annual festivals, the band received the high ratings of “Outstanding” at its first festival, as well as “Superior” at its second.

Having been in the Marching Band for all of his years at East, there are several things that Josh has come to appreciate about his time with the group, including the people involved, the directors and the music. Additionally, he enjoyed the overall performing aspect that involved an immense amount of commitment, time and practice.

“The whole aspect of Marching Band [teaches] proper etiquette and technique [amongst other things] for later in life,” Josh said. “Practice makes [us] ‘superior.’ ”

Everyone has begun carrying out the rest of the year without Marching Band, until band camp rolls around again in the summer, when it will be time to strike the drums once more.