, Derry, New Hampshire


August 22, 2013

Student musicians get ready to strike up the band

Londonderry, Pinkerton musicians get ready to march


“We’re all part of a family, I can pretty much talk to anyone,” Ben said. “We’re in a band.”

Color guard member Katie Leonard said she now has switched to carrying the large banner, but spent years playing clarinet, trumpet and saxophone.

She’s a band girl through and through.

“It’s a way of life,” the senior said. “You make a connection you can never find anywhere else.”

Londonderry Lancer band members feel the same.

The group’s 285 students are also preparing for a busy season, coming off last year’s whirlwind schedule including a trip to Washington, D.C., to perform in President Barack Obama’s inaugural parade.

On tap for the Lancers this season is the music from the popular show “Les Miserables.”

Music director Andy Soucy said students have been meeting weekly since July 4 to prepare for this season’s halftime show during football games.

This year’s drum majors are seniors Joe Conti and Danielle Souza, and junior Becky Walker. Color guard captains are seniors Nina Battaglia and Stephanie Conti.

Musical arrangements and show design were once again provided by Londonderry High School music teacher Serge Beaulieu.

Soucy said the upcoming year will be another busy one for the band including trips to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Washington, D.C., and on to New York City for another St. Patrick’s Day visit.

“After the D.C. parade, we board and drive up to New York City for the next day’s parade,” Soucy said.

He said it’s great to have two performances so close together in two of the nation’s most prominent cities.

The band took to the high school field last week one day to present its first official performance. Parents and other summer band fans came to watch the Lancers perform.

The band’s first halftime show is Sept. 6.

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