Thursday, September 8, 2022

MEET THE SKOOK MARCHING BANDS: North Schuylkill High School Spartan Football Marching Band


North Schuylkill High School Spartan Football Marching Band

Next up in our new series highlighting the Marching Bands from our Schuylkill County School Districts, we feature the marching band from North Schuylkill, directed by Jacob Shoener.

Number of Musicians: 60 (22 woodwinds, 22 brass, 16 percussion)

Number of Band Front/Color Guard:  38 (15 color guard, 2 honor guard, 21 cheerleaders)

Makeup of Band: 7th Grade through 12th Grade

Drum Majors:  Brooke Powis, Caileigh Kaminski

Band Staff:
  • Jacob Shoener - Band Director
  • Doug Cole - Assistant Band Director
  • Nevaida Rau, Lindsey Snyder - Color Guard Advisors 
  • Michael Ryan - Percussion Instructor 
  • Emily Haas - Sideline Percussion Instructor 
  • Chris Evans - Drill Design 
  • John Shoener, Craig Shoener - Volunteer Staff
Band Officers
  • Caileigh Kaminski - President
  • Emily Yuschock - Vice President
  • Anthony Cutrona - Secretary
  • Emilee Moore- Treasurer
  • Lauren Bennyhoff, Michael Spotts - Historians
  • Nick Meridionale, Ravena Singh - Librarians
  • Joey Campbell - Ambassador of Time
  • Aylen Vargas, Ravena Singh, Erika Trexler - Flute Section Leaders
  • Steven Cope, Meaghan Connors, London White - Clarinet Section Leaders
  • Anthony Cutrona - Saxophone Section Leader
  • Kylie Caudle, Lauren Bennyhoff, Kaitlyn Werner, Jacob Corby- Trumpet Section Leaders
  • Regan Campbell, Michael Spotts - Mellophone Section Leaders
  • Emily Yuschock, Chloe Briggs - Low Brass Section Leaders
  • Brian Dugan - Battery Percussion Section Leader
  • Emilee Moore - Pit Percussion Section Leader
  • Emalie Farrone - Color Guard Section Leader

Director Jacob Shoener has directed the band for the last 2 Years, it will be his 3rd year with the district.

Shoener says the Spartan Band's theme/songs for 2022 will highlight some of the greatest jazz standards ever written.

This year the band will present their show Standard Time! 

"Our show opens with the Gershwin tune “Strike Up The Band!”, featuring our drumline. Next, we move to Mongo Santamaria’s Afro - Cuban standard, “Afro Blue”. Our Band Front is featured in a stunning arrangement of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Bossa Nova, “Wave.” Our show closes with a show stopping arrangement of the Harlem Globetrotters Theme Song - “Sweet Georgia Brown.” " Shoener said.

"The band is led on the field by Drum Majors Caileigh Kaminski and Brooke Powis. We would like to thank The North Schuylkill School District Administration and Board of Education, the North Schuylkill Band Boosters, as well as the community for their continued support of the Music Program." Shoener added.

Major events/parades/etc. for 2022:

August 2022
  • Meet The Spartans Night - Spartan Stadium, NSHS - Thursday, 8/25/2022
  • Gratz Fair Band Day - Gratz Fairgrounds - Friday, 9/23/2022 - 12:30 PM Start
  • Bloomsburg Fair - Bloomsburg Fairgrounds (Free Stage) - Monday, 9/26/2022 - 10 AM Start
  • North Schuylkill High School Tournament of Bands Adjudication - Spartan Stadium, NSHS - 5 PM start, Saturday - 10/15/2022 (14 high school bands will be appearing!)
  • Pottsville Saint Patrick's Day Parade - Pottsville, PA - Saturday, 3/12/2023 - Time TBA (Rain Date - Sunday, 3/13/2023)