ShareThis Page

Quaker Valley marching band leaders say alumni members are 'legacy'

Bobby Cherry
| Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

In an effort to build ties with alumni, Quaker Valley Marching Band leaders are searching for past members as the band's 60th anniversary approaches.

“A band with our history and legacy, to not be in touch with the very people who are that legacy, that's not something we can let stand any longer,” Director Cory Neville said.

Connecting with more marching band alumni through past members and social media is important for current and future student musicians, and for the community, Neville said.

“I don't think the current students have a clear sense of how big of a deal the marching band has been for the community,” he said. “The more informed the current students are about the history of the band, the more likely they will see themselves as part of that legacy.”

Neville said he wants to have a formal alumni group in place for the 2015-16 season — the band's 60th year. The band currently has 56 members.

Through a Facebook group, Neville already has connected with more than 150 past members.

“The exciting thing about getting them back together (is that) the alumni are already brainstorming about how they can help,” he said.

As federal and state educational standards focus on science and math, Neville said he hopes band alumni can help current students and parents understand the value of arts education.

“I find music teachers across the country are having a difficult case to make about why studying the arts is important and why participating in the arts is valuable,” he said.

“(Alumni) might tell you that discipline they learned in band set them up very well when they got to college, and the work ethic helped when entering the working world.”

Neville said he hopes formation of an alumni group would spur past members' interest in performing again. The push to connect with past members could usher in a new era for the band.

“As students become vested in history and alumni become involved, the path will become clear,” he said.

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.