The members of the Elk County Catholic High School Crusader Marching Band are sporting a new look this season as they showcase their new uniforms during their halftime performances at football games and during competitions.
As part of this year's halftime show, the band is channeling the spirit of Elvis Presley, performing a familiar medley of melodies: "Burning Love/C.C. Rider," "Hound Dog/Jailhouse Rock/Love Me Tender" and "Can't Help Falling In Love."
"Any Elvis fan should come out and see it! The band puts an amazing twist on Elvis songs we know and love!" said Ray Knight, ECCHS band director.
In addition to all home football games, the band will perform at three competitions on Oct. 8 in Youngsville, Oct. 15 in Conemaugh Township and on Oct. 22 at the Tournament of Band Chapter Championships at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).
This year's band consists of 38 members led by drum majors Samantha Hoh, Nick Cheatle and Madelyn O'Leary, along with Rebecca Glatt as the student director.
The band's new uniforms, made by DeMoulin, feature black pants and maroon tops with black overlays which are outlined in gold with ECC embroidered on the upper right chest. Oversized black cuffs and a metallic gold sash add extra flair to the ensemble. Drum majors' uniforms feature a maroon and gold cape in place of the gold sashes and gold cuffs in place of black. Black and maroon hats featuring gold detailing and a gold pompom-like plume complete the uniform.
Work on this year's show began on July 12 and through band camp from Aug. 1-12. The band continues to perfect the show during regular practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m.
The Crusader Marching Band recently performed in exhibition at the "Sounds of Autumn" band competition, jointly hosted by the ECCHS and St. Marys Area band booster organizations. The Crusaders scored an 81.60 in their 'A' class group.