Tuesday, August 30, 2022

MEET THE SKOOK MARCHING BANDS: Shenandoah Valley High School "Blue Devil" Band

Shenandoah Valley High School "Blue Devil" Band

In our first of a new series highlighting the Marching Bands from our Schuylkill County School Districts, we feature the marching band from the Shenandoah Valley, directed by Mr. John P. Shoener.

EDITOR'S NOTE:  Special thanks to John Shoener for coming up with the idea and helping us put this series together.

Number of Musicians: 41

Number of Band Front/Color Guard: 27 (Flags, Cheerleaders, and Honor Guard)

Makeup of Band: 7th Grade through 12th Grade

Drum Majors: Albert Rubio

Band Staff:
  • Director of Bands- Mr. John P. Shoener
  • Assistant Directors- Mr. Christopher Circelli & Mr. Joseph Swartz
  • Percussion Instructor- Mr. Robert Nowak
  • Flag Instructor- Mrs. Tara Davidson
  • Band Assistants- Mr. Kieffer Quandel, Mr. Craig Shoener, Mr. Jacob Shoener, & Miss Kayla Perrong
  • Cheerleading Advisors- Mrs. Dawn Bench & Mrs. Ashley Dudash
Band Officers
  • Drum Major & President- Albert Rubio
  • Vice President- Jesus Paniagua Perez
  • Secretary- Jayden Favaro
  • Treasurer- Andrea Velazquez
  • Equipment Managers- Jayden Favaro & Jesus Paniagua-Perez
  • Uniform Managers- Toby Gudinas, Josephine Kropp, & Leslie Paniagua.
  • Librarians- Robert Shannon & Luz Rodriguez
  • Social Media Coordinator & Flag Captain- Jennifer Selbi
  • Flag Co-Captain- Jaylynn Endicott
Director John P. Shoener has directed the band for the last 6 Years.

Shoener says the Blue Devil Band's theme/songs for 2022 will take you on a musical journey with their show- “TAKE FLIGHT”.

The band opens their show with the music of Bill Conti, with the Theme From the Motion Picture Rocky, and later recorded by trumpeter Maynard Ferguson- “Gonna Fly Now”. The band then moves to the music originally recorded by The Steve Miller Band in 1976, and later re-released for the motion picture Space Jam in 1997 by Seal, “Fly Like An Eagle”. The Band then closes their show with the music of Dua Lipa, featuring our Band Front to her 2020 hit “Levitating”.

Major events/parades/etc. for 2022:
  • September 2022
    • Gratz Fair
    • Schuylkill County Firemen's Convention Parade
    • SV Alumni Band 23rd Anniversary
  • March 2023
    • Cleveland, Ohio Trip
Submitted Photos of the band practicing