'Connellsville Day' planned at PNC Park
This summer, PNC Park in Pittsburgh will be filled with music performed by Connellsville Area High School's Mighty Falcon Marching Band and Chorus.
The musically talented students have been invited to perform at the Pittsburgh Pirates 1:35 p.m. game against the Cincinnati Reds on Aug. 31.
The band will play the National Anthem for the beginning of the game. During the seventh-inning stretch, the CAHS Chorus will perform.
Drum major Alysia Cramer, 17, of Connellsville said she is looking forward to performing at PNC Park before the Pirate game.
“It will be really fun to be able to perform in front of all those people. It will be my first performance as a drum major, and to be able to do it somewhere I have been many times before will be special,” Cramer said.
Band Booster's President Dan Schomer said the band members and chorus need the community's help to be able to have this unique experience.
“The band needs to sell 600 tickets to the game in order to perform,” Schomer said. “It is also a fundraiser for the band. For every ticket sold, we earn money for our organization as well.”
Tickets for the game can be purchased from the band. There are three types of tickets: Grandstand, $20 each, $3 of which benefit's the band; Pittsburgh Baseball Club, $55 each with $10 going to the band; and Outfield Reserve, $24 each with $5 from each ticket going to the band.
“The band will be sitting in the Outfield Reserve section during the game,” Schomer said.
In addition, there is motor coach busing available to and from the game for $10 a seat.
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Toni Sanner said the group wants it to be a community event and have declared it “Connellsville Day at PNC Park.”
“Anybody can go. It doesn't have to be a family member. We want all community members to come out that day,” Sanner said.
Schomer and Sanner said Connellsville's mayor and city council have been very supportive of their efforts and have made ticket order forms available at City Hall.
“We really want the city's support because we have never been represented in this way and we are thrilled to have it,” Sanner said.
In addition to City Hall, ticket order forms can be obtained by calling Sanner at 724-317-2877 or Schomer at 724-812-7919.
Tickets also can be ordered by sending name, address, phone number, number of tickets needed, type of tickets, number of bus seats needed, along with check or money order to: Connellsville High School Band Boosters, 1154 W. Gibson Ave., Connellsville, PA 15425. Checks must be made payable to the Connellsville High School Band Boosters. All tickets must be ordered by July 20.
Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer.