The Bethel Park Black Hawk Marching Band poses outside of the entrance of the high school before their game against Canon Mac
The Bethel Park Black Hawk Marching Band poses outside of the entrance of the high school before their game against Canon Mac
Shelley Crowe

Oh, it’s times like these at the 55th Annual Bethel Park Band Festival

Bethel Park Black Hawk Marching Band will host its 55th Annual Band Festival on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the football stadium.

This event will feature six outstanding bands including Bethel Park, Blackhawk, Peters Township, Seton-LaSalle, South Fayette, and The University of Pittsburgh. In addition, there will be a special appearance by the South Hills Stars Special Needs Color Guard. 

The band festival will feature Top 21 singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the Marching Band’s performance of pregame. The Bethel Park Drumline will dazzle the audience while playing its cadence during intermission.

The Bethel Park Marching Band will showcase its halftime shows by playing “The Pretender” and “Times Like These” by the Foo Fighters and “Paul Simon Opener.”

From its homecoming show, the Marching Band will perform “Fantasmic.” It will close its show with its traditional fight song “Hot Time Bethel Victory.”

In addition to the outstanding musical performances, the festival will offer various amenities. 

The Bethel Park Music Boosters will sell band and music-related merchandise. This year, there is a special band festival T-shirt that will be sold for $10.

Also being sold are candy grams. Friends and family members from every school will be able to send candy grams to their favorite band members from any of the schools. Chocolate, sweet, and sour candies will be available along with rice crispy treats, apple sauce, and “lucky ducks.”

Concessions will be open along with a bake sale with treats donated by members of the Bethel Park Marching Band.

The festival is the second-highest fundraiser for the Bethel Park Marching Band besides the hoagie sales.

Tickets are $10 at the door. Make sure to come by and support the bands!

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    rybread28Oct 6, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    love it!