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Pep Bands makes a Boom!

Find out what all the hype around Pep Band is about!
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Walking into certain winter sports at Greater Latrobe you might hear the pep band blasting music. The Pep Band is a smaller unit of the marching band that attends basketball games and other sporting events.  It is composed of percussion, brass, and woodwind instruments and talented student musicians from Greater Latrobe. Pep Band adds an exciting and infectious energy to the teams. The band makes the whole crowd and school feel included and brings a smile to everyone’s face. 

 

Mr. Czekaj is the band director at the high school and is in charge of the pep band. Mr. Czekaj said, ¨The pep band started one year ago, during the 22-23 school year.¨ With the band only being in effect for a year the band is already making a huge difference in the atmosphere of our school sporting events. Fans and students enjoy having the band at games. Emma Lippert, junior cheerleader said, ¨I love getting to hear the pep band and they help us get the fans excited about the game.¨ The cheerleaders feed off the pep band’s energy which spreads to the fans attending the games. Lippert said, ¨They make the game very lively and we love getting to dance to their music.¨

 

Mr. Czekaj talked about some of the feedback they have received since starting only last year. ¨In my humble opinion, I think that the pep band has added tremendously to the atmosphere of basketball games. We have received tremendously positive feedback from players, coaches, families, and fans of the teams. Our position in the gym assists in this regard, with us positioned evenly between the student section and the fans.”

 

With only being in existence for a year Mr. Czekaj has big plans for expanding and growing the band and is excited to see it expand. Czekaj said, ¨Moving forward, we hope to continue our momentum and make a strong showing at all home varsity basketball games. As this is our off-season from typical marching band activities, students sign up for each event individually. Despite this, we try to have a full group for every game. Long term, and with the support of the athletic department and administration, we may consider expanding our scope and making appearances at other sporting events.¨ 

 

The pep band plays a crucial role in bringing together our community to help cheer on teams. A unique portion of our sporting events that is unique to Greater Latrobe that other schools do not have and is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face. 

Both the pep band and marching band are always upbeat, energetic, and a super fun way for crowds to participate. Drum major Sarah Hoffman said, “The differences between the two bands are really interesting. I like to think that a pep band is just a really relaxed version of a marching band. The Marching Band organization is a huge undertaking – with rehearsals during the summer then later twice a week, official uniforms, leadership teams, parent boosters, drill/halftime shows, parades, traveling, etc. Pep bands, however, rehearse maybe 30 minutes during the week. We don’t have to prepare a halftime show, so we just spend time playing fun tunes to play in the stands. Pep bands are also available to anyone and don’t require any commitment, so every week we get a different crowd of musicians and combinations of instruments¨, said Hoffman. 

 

From football to basketball season some traditions within the band still stand. Many people love attending to hear fun, fan favorites. Sarah Hoffman said, “My favorite song to play is probably ´Hey Baby.´ I think it’s a favorite for a lot of the instrumentalists, but also a crowd favorite. It’s a tradition to play it at every football and basketball game, and everyone is always really excited to hear it. It’s a really special thing to sing along with it with the band, and it’s just an awesome tradition that we have.” 

 

The pep band always knows how to bring passion and enthusiasm positively. No doubt the pep band puts in countless hours of hard work to always play to perfection. They make our school a better atmosphere with awesome instrumentalists and leaders. When they play they are sure to make the whole crowd feel included and bring a smile to everyone’s face. 

 

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Maggie Elder, Staff Writer
Maggie Elder is ecstatic to be writing for The High Post as a junior this year! The 2023-2024 school year will be her first year on the High Post. She had the incredible pleasure of having Mrs. Stallings for English her sophomore year and got to see some of the beautiful things the High Post did last year. Maggie is a member of the Greater Latrobe girls varsity swim team. She also swims for the Greater Latrobe Aqua Club and Allegheny Mountain Swimming. Her main event is the 100 breaststroke, but this past year she was one of the four people in the state qualifying 400 free relay. While she has many athletic achievements, she has also had many academic accomplishments. Maggie is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the French National Honors Society, Interact Club, Key Club, Link Crew, and Environmental Club. Maggie’s favorite place to be is in Ocean City, New Jersey with her family. As a High Post member, she volunteered at the Banana Split Festival and Trooper Iwaniec Race. Maggie decided to take Multimedia Journalism because she enjoys covering events happening around the school and enjoys spending time with her friends who are also taking the class.   
Sara Blossey, Staff Writer
Sara Blossey, 10th grade, joined the High Post at the beginning of sophomore year as a staff writer. She is a member of high honors, and the Varsity field hockey team as a forward and the softball team as a middle infielder. She is excited to have the opportunity to share peoples' perspectives and stories through writing. As well as taking photos and getting more involved with her community. She can't wait for many more new and exciting experiences. She enjoys reading and writing in her free time as well as hanging out with friends and family. She can't wait to write stories about her community and peers and is beyond excited for this year on the staff! 

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