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Greater Latrobe Wildcat Marching Band Takes Audiences on a Trip Around the World


The Greater Latrobe Wildcat Marching Band, under the direction of band director Timothy Sheridan, is taking audiences on a trip around the world with their show “Lands of Adventure” featuring musical selections “Estancia”, “Land of Make Believe”, and “Pirates of the Caribbean”.   The 102 member marching band will perform their show at 9 football games and 3 local band festivals. The festivals include the Kiski PIMBA Festival, the Hempfield Area Band Festival, and the Laurel Highlands High School Band Festival, which will take place on September 21st.  


“The marching band is not only a performance ensemble,” according to Mr. Sheridan, “it is meant to develop character and teach students to become productive and caring members of an organization.  The Wildcat Marching Band members are positive ambassadors for the Greater Latrobe School District. By travelling locally and all over the country, band members not only experience other places but they spread good will from Greater Latrobe.”  Mr. Sheridan is tremendously grateful for the Greater Latrobe Band Parents Association for their continuous support.


The band does not only participate in football games and festivals they take part in the annual Latrobe Homecoming, Halloween, Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and 4th of July parades.  They also perform in the annual Kennywood Fall Festival Parade and the Ft. Ligonier Days Parade. The band had the opportunity to perform alongside the Hempfield Area Marching Band at the 2019 Westmoreland County Air Show.


Each year the Wildcat Marching Band travels to another part of the country giving students the experience of performing in front of different audiences and in different venues.  This year they were accepted to perform at Walt Disney World as part of the Disney Performing Arts Program.  

The marching band members rehearse over 150 hours perfecting their performance. The marching band is comprised of instrumentalists and colorguard members. Students in the fall colorguard have the opportunity to audition for Greater Latrobe’s competitive Winterguard team for the winter season. The instrumentalists are enrolled in either Concert Band or Wind Ensemble throughout the school year  These ensembles perform a concert in the fall and one in the spring.  For more information about the music program at Greater Latrobe, visit


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