Students in the DuBois Area High School marching band will get a rare opportunity this season.
Superintendent J. Mark Heckman said the Eastern University Michigan Band will be passing through the area on its way to play at Penn State University Sept. 7 and and would like to stop in DuBois to work with the DAHS band the Friday night before the game.
According to Heckman, the EUM band will perform a show and conduct some clinics with DAHS band students.
“We are planning to invite some neighboring schools to be a part of it,” Heckman said. “It’s a really, really great opportunity for our kids. It’s a real good program. They are very excited and we’ll be providing a meal for them that evening.”
Heckman said the event will be occurring at the same time of the DuBois Beavers’ football game against Franklin so this is one game when the DAHS band will not be in the stands.
“But it could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the students,” Heckman said.
Director Scott Farrell asked how many band members the DAHS band has this year.
There are about 30 members, Heckman said. Each day band camp was held, more students joined to bring that number up to 30. There were students who, at first, thought things have changed and they didn’t want to be a member anymore. But then they changed their mind and decided they did, Heckman said.
“The kids are excited,” he said.
Several of the board members said the band sounds great this year.