This August did you hear the sound of trumpets and drums coming from the fields at Arthur L. Johnson High School? Or maybe you saw spinning flags in the distance? What you were hearing and seeing were the members of the ALJ Crusader Marching Band practicing at band camp which ran from August 21st to the 25th.
Mrs. Rachel Bollaro, director of bands at ALJ, is very excited that the marching band grew to over 50 members and commented, "The band members, both musicians and color guard, have been working very hard during band camp and have made excellent progress in such a short time. We all are looking forward to another successful season."
When Matt, a new member to the Crusader Marching Band was asked how was his experience so far, he said, "I'm having a great time and am happy to be a part of the marching band.”
Norberto Diaz, who holds the position of Drum Major, commented, "I am excited to start my last season of marching band because over the last four years, marching band has been a second home. My experiences have made me the person I am today. One of my goals this season, is to pass on our traditions to our new members."
The Crusader Marching Band competes in the Tournament of Bands throughout the Fall months, concluding with the Atlantic Coast Championships held in Hershey, PA. This year’s show is titled, “Noble Hearts” and is a tribute to the men and women who serve and have served in the Armed Forces.
In addition to state and regional competitions, which are open to the public, the Crusader Marching Band will perform during all home football games.