Purchase Line marching band

Seniors Emma Smith, Thomas Buterbaugh, Destiny Bingaman, Debbie Spaid, Jenna Nichol, Kristin Zurenko, Addaleia Beer and Colin Matz took the annual senior picture with the first-place trophy at the Clearfield Fireman’s Parade in July. (Anna Layden/Purchase Line High School)

The song “I Wanna Be Like You,” from the movie “The Jungle Book,” takes the audience to the jungle while the band is marching down the crowded street during the parades.

Over the summer, the marching band competed in four parades. The first parade was the DuBois Community Days parade, hosted by the DuBois Fire Department on June 15. Last year, the marching Red Dragons received fifth place at this parade. This year, the band placed second, showing much improvement at this parade that is so early in the season.

This was then followed by a first-place win at the Indiana County Firemen’s convention, held in Rossiter July 13.

The most important parade for the marching band — the Clearfield Fireman’s parade — came July 29. The marching band has a running history of claiming first place at this parade, a 12-year-long history. Once again, the band took home the first-place trophy and continued the winning streak for the 13th year.

“It feels really good to be able to continue the tradition of winning first place,” said senior and commanding officer Debbie Spaid. “Your whole time in marching band, you just look forward to the feeling of holding that huge trophy for a picture. I feel like it’s almost expected of us to do well so this encourages us to push ourselves to be the best we can be.”

The last judged parade of the season was the Tionesta Indian Festival parade Aug. 26. At this parade, the marching band took second place.

The band finished the summer parade season with the Kennywood Fall Fantasy parade Aug. 10. This parade is not judged.

Marching band director and music teacher Rebecca Bouch spoke about the season by saying, “I feel really good about our season. The band has matured, and I’m very proud of the parade season they’ve had.”

Senior and head drum major Krisitn Zurenko said, “I think our parade season went very well. We worked extremely hard all summer.”

Make sure you come to a football game to see the marching Red Dragons halftime show as they take the audience all around the world.

After traveling to the jungle, the audience will be taken to Cuba during “Havana,” made popular by Camila Cabello. This song features trumpet soloists senior Colin Matz and junior Samuel Kauffman.

Finally, the audience is taken to Africa with Toto’s “Africa.” This song features Spaid as a horn soloist.