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55th North Hills Marching Band Festival Slated for Sept. 19

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The 55th annual North Hills Marching Band Festival will be held on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at Martorelli Stadium along Perry Highway in West View. A total of nine local high school marching bands are scheduled to perform.

In addition to our own North Hills Marching Band, bands from Avonworth, Hampton, Franklin Regional, North Allegheny, Northgate, Perry, Quaker Valley and Sto-Rox high schools will perform.

North Hills’ pregame program features renditions of “America” and “The Star Spangled Banner,” and the march show includes a salute to college fight songs with tunes from University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University and University of Michigan. The band’s performances also will showcase music from the 1980s with hits like “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon, “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, “Back in Black” by AC/DC and “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey among other ‘80s classics.

The festival will include a North Hills Alumni Marching Band that will honor long-time, North Hills band director Areta Kalogeras, who passed away this year. Alumni members are invited to play their instruments or perform with the majorettes or flagline during the festival. To register for the event, visit www.nhipa.org, and click the “Alumni MB” tab.

Admission to the event is $6. Children age 5 and under receive free admission. Refreshments and other items will be available for purchase. Free parking is available at the Park & Ride lot located just north of the Perrysville Avenue exit of I-279.

The marching band festival is sponsored by the North Hills Instrumental Parents’ Association. In the event of rain, the event will be relocated to the North Hills Middle School gymnasium at 55 Rochester Road in Ross Township.

For more information, contact Mr. Len Lavelle,North Hills marching band director, at 412-318-1400 ext. 3049 or via email lavellel@nhsd.net.

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