Strike up the band


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  • Kittatinny sophomore Payson Oelkers plays the Timpani.









The Kittatinny Regional High School Marching Band performed a summer evening sneak preview on Wednesday, Aug. 20. on the high school's football field at the high school in Newton in front of family and friends.

The marching band along with the color guard is preparing for the upcoming fall season. Band members have spent much of the summer weeks practicing their craft. Smoothing out the sounds of instruments and stepping in tune in elaborate formations is just part of the routine in practice sessions.

The Kittatinny Regional High School Marching Band event was performed minus their traditional toy soldier style military uniforms. Blue jeans, shorts and T-shirts adorned band members at the Wednesday show but the sound and presentation was polished and professional.

"We have practiced all summer," Kittatinny Regional High School Marching Band director Jarred Matthes said. "We are out here every Tuesday evening for three hours of practice. For the past two weeks we've been practicing from eight in the morning until eight at night three days a week. The show we have put together this evening is a culmination of those two weeks. When school begins we rehearse about four days a week. Kittatinny participates in a few competitions during the year including the Yamaha Cup at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford."

As with the Kittatinny Cougars football team, the marching bands efforts and skill will be on display on the field during football season.

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