RHS Band in action
OCTOBER 25, 2015, 11:38 PM LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2015, 11:47 PM
BY MARINA VILLENEUVE
STAFF WRITER |
There was a time, just 10 years ago, when Englewood’s high school marching band had a dozen members. Now, the Pulse of Englewood, as it’s called, boasts 175 musicians and flag twirlers whose soulful style has captured the city’s imagination.
Drum major Daniashley Sosa — in her words, “not that typical band geek” — said she knew she had to be a part of it as soon as she saw the rows of color guard and band members swaying and singing in the stands at football games. Now, she’s one in a sea of maroon-shirted band members who fill the halls of Dwight Morrow High School and Academies@Englewood every Friday. It’s as if, she said, she has “a second family.”
“I see it as a common ground for everyone to come together with a passion for music,” she said.
Despite demanding schedules and a gnawing need for funding, school marching bands throughout New Jersey are swelling with enthusiastic recruits and attracting devoted community followings.