Letter: Cardinals in the All Star Band
To the Editor:
As a Claremont resident, I enjoyed reading “Cardinals Flying Over All the Action” in the Aug. 4 Sunday Valley News sports section. Too often, news about Stevens High School trends negative, and it was refreshing to read about the positive impact our students and coaches had on both the football team and the cheerleading squad. We are justifiably proud of their efforts.
I just wish you had extended your coverage to include the efforts of the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl All Star Band. The band is made up of approximately 100 stellar student musicians selected from schools in both Vermont and New Hampshire. They have to memorize their music during the spring and then come to Dartmouth prepared for two and a half days of intense marching drills in the summer heat. In that short span, they learn the formations they perform during the halftime show. They also lead the annual Shrine parade that winds through downtown Hanover, helping to build excitement for kickoff.
Music is an integral part of an athletic event, from the pre-game, to the singing of the national anthem and through the halftime performance. It helps create the atmosphere that makes being there live so special. These musicians, along with the athletes on the gridiron and the cheer squad, donate their time to the Shrine game to help children – we should make sure we celebrate their contribution.
Oh, and speaking of Cardinals all over the action? Stevens High had 18 students selected to participate in the All Star Band — they rocked it.