5-14-09The 2009-2010 officers have been announced as follows:
President - William Givler
Treasurer - Hope Wingard
Secretary/Public Relations - Steven Guenther and Stephanie Strauss
Head Librarian - Michele Herneisey
Assistant Librarians - Lauren Herneisey and Laura Snyder
Uniform Manager - Aubrey Carberry
Head Equipment Manager - Jessica Strickland
Assistant Equipment Managers - Amanda Butch, Rachel Etter, Brandon King, Klarissa Mroz
Drum Major - Alonna Williams
Assistant Drum Major - Michele Herneisey
Woodwind Captain - Stephanie Strauss
Brass Captain - Michele Herneisey
Drumline Captain - Brandon Lighty
Front Ensemble Captain - Rebekah White
Guard Captain - Lindsey Reyes
1-27-07MAHS students Kim Cepietz and Hope Wingard were selected to perform in the PMEA District 7 Band Festival at Chambersburg High School from February 8-10, 2007.
MAHS student Hope Wingard was selected to perform in the PMEA District 7 Jazz Band Festival at Cumberland Valley High School from March 8-10, 2007.
MAHS students Kim Cepietz, Steph Hernandez, Michele Herneisey and Hope Wingard were selected to perform in the Dauphin County Senior High Band at Susquehanna Township High School from February 22-24, 2007.
MAHS students Laura Waller, Rebekah White, Steph Strauss, Brittiany Phillips, Kristie Darrah, Steven Guenther and William Givler; and Feaser Middle School students Laura Snyder, Ashley Gingrich, Adam Geisweit, Lauren Herneisey, and Sierra Morra were selected to perform in the Dauphin County Junior High Band at Susquehanna Township High School from February 22-24, 2007.
MAHS students Alexis Moyer, Kim Cepietz, Steph Hernandez, Elizabeth Fulton, Dennis Keller and Jeff Gingrich were selected to perform in the Susquehanna University Honors Band from February 16-18, 2007.
MAHS students Steph Strauss, Michele Herneisey, and Hope Wingard were selected to perform in the Dauphin County Junior High Orchestra Festival at Central Dauphin High School from February 2-3, 2007.
MAHS student Elizabeth Fulton was selected to perform in the Dauphin County Senior High Orchestra Festival at Susquehanna Township High School from February 22-24, 2007.
Mr. Samuel K. Fisher, MAHS Band Director, was highlighted as the director from Pennsylvania in the December 2006 issue of the School Band and Orchestra magazine in the article "50 Directors Who Make a Difference".
2-2-06Congratulations to the students who were selected for the following honors bands:
2006 District Band
2006 Senior High County Band
2006 Senior High County Orchestra
2006 Junior High County Band
3-14-05The flute choir and the woodwind quintet performed today prior to the annual Music Fest in the high school auditorium to benefit the performing arts scholarship fund.
3-13-05The flute choir and the woodwind quintet performed today prior to the annual Music Fest in the high school auditorium to benefit the performing arts scholarship fund.
3-10-05The Jazz Band performed at the Pennsylvania Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference in Lancaster. The Jazz Band performed for 30 minutes prior to the banquet, provided light background music during the banquet, and then closed with several selections at the conclusion of the banquet.
Mark Messick, a member of the jazz band, was also recognized for his role as the president of the inaugural Middletown FCCLA chapter.
2-10-05Congratulations to the students who were selected for the following honors bands:
2005 Junior High County Orchestra
2005 Junior High County Band
2005 Senior High County Band
2005 Senior High County Orchestra
12-6-04Congratulations to the students who were selected for the following honors bands:
2005 District Band
5-31-04The band participated in the annual Middletown Memorial Day parade and service. At the cemetery, the band performed "America", "Armed Services Salute", and "The Star Spangled Banner".
5-22-04The annual band banquet was held in the social hall at St. Peters Lutheran Church, Middletown.
Award recipients at the banquet were Claire Susemihl (Sousa and Armstrong awards),
3-29-04Congratulations to Claire Susemihl on her recent selection for both Regional and State Band.
1-23-04Congratulations to the following students who were also selected for the Senior High County Band:
Kristy Fortini - Alto Clarinet; Brandon Goodling - Tenor Saxophone; Josh Fernback - French Horn; Summer Tucker - Tuba
1-21-04Congratulations to the following students who were selected for the Junior High County Band:
Garrett Saunders - Trumpet; Lauren LeHew - Clarinet; Kaysie Strickland - Clarinet
1-18-04Congratulations to the students who were selected for the following honors bands:
2004 Senior High County Band
2004 Junior High Orchestra
12-18-03Congratulations to the students who were selected for the following honors bands:
2004 District Band
2004 District Orchestra
1-29-03Congratulations to Greg Daily on his selection for Regional Band.
1-21-03Congratulations to the students who were selected for the following honors bands:
2003 District Band
2003 LVC Honors Band
2003 Senior High County Band
11-9-02This Saturday started unlike any ACC's weekend in recent memory. The characteristic bitter cold weather of mid-November was missing. Instead, a mild morning with a forecast for temperatures in the low 60's greeted band members and boosters as they boarded the three charter coaches at the high school. The other oddity was the late departure time. Instead of a typical bleary eyed departure accompanied by the first streaks of sunrise painting the sky, the Blue Wave's tenth from last performance order afforded a more leisurely 8:15 AM departure time. The trek north on I-81 was a visual treat with uncharacteristically vibrant colors still on the trees.
Upon arrival in the parking lot, the always efficient equipment crew already had the instruments unloaded and ready for a prompt march to the warmup area.
Two hours later the Blue Wave marched onto the artificial turf of Lackawanna County Stadium. The equipment crew was specially attired for the occasion in railroad engineer caps and red neckerchiefs. Meanwhile parents and friends saluted the arriving band by waving blue and yellow neckerchiefs accompanied by railroad whistles and numerous cheers.
Ten minutes later and a season of effort was over. The remaining nine bands included performances by three other Chapter 6 representatives: Littlestown, Cedar Cliff, and Susquehanna Township. All have been worthy competitors all season and deserving representatives of Chapter 6. Finally, as the awards were announced the Blue Wave held their initial 9th seed, achieving the first ACC's top ten finish in school history.
11-4-02The Blue Wave concluded a most memorable 72 hour period by landing a ninth seed in Group 2 at the Atlantic Coast Championships. This is by far the highest seed ever achieved by the Blue Wave.
11-3-02The Blue Wave completed their regular season by achieving an all time high score of 90.4 and a third place finish in the Chapter 6 Championships at Carlisle High School.
11-2-02The Blue Wave started the day with a 5:30 am arrival time at the high school. A short bus ride to Harrisburg International Airport took the band to one of their most memorable performances ever. Before an enthusiastic crowd, the band contributed to the electric atmosphere leading up to the arrival of President George W. Bush.
Later in the day, members of the Blue Wave played host to 20 eighth grade members of the Feaser Middle School band. The future Blue Wave members played pep tunes in the grandstand along with their older mentors.
Finally, the senior members of the band, along with their parents, were honored in Senior Night ceremonies preceding the game.
09-21-02The Blue Wave entered today's competition at Lancaster Catholic with a number one ranking in Group 2 based upon their exhibition score at last week's Sea of Sounds. However, tonight they would face six other competitors in Group 2, including some strong competition from within Chapter 6 as well as Wilson, Archbishop Ryan, and Shilellamy representing Chapters 2, 3, and 4.
The Blue Wave came away with a first place trophy as well as caption awards for High Percussion and High Music.
11-4-00A mild November day was the setting for an early afternoon practice at the high school. At 3:30 pm the band bordered their buses for the ride to the Chapter 6 Group 1 & 3 Championships at Cumberland Valley High School. After a 5:56 pm performance, the band waited anxiously for the 8:30 pm awards ceremony. The Blue Wave scored 86.9 for a seventh place finish. We must now all await the outcome of other chapter championships on Saturday and Sunday to see if we make the cut for the Atlantic Coast Championships.
11-3-00The Blue Raiders ended their undefeated football season with a 60-6 win at James Buchanan to win their division in the Mid Penn League.
10-28-00The Blue Wave started what would be a long day with a two hour rehearsal at Memorial Field. Next stop was East Pennsboro for an afternoon competition under sunny skies. The Blue Wave was rewarded for their efforts with a Group 3 First Place finish and a High Music caption award. Next stop was Cedar Cliff. The weather turned cold and blustery. In competition against two of the perennial powers in TOB, the Blue Wave finished third.
10-27-00The last home game of the season means Parent Night. The parents and Senior class members of the band, band front, cheerleading squad, and football team were honored in pre-game activities. The Blue Raiders topped off the night with a 49-14 win over West Perry to continue their undefeated season, and to qualify for the PIAA district playoffs.
5-29-00The Blue Wave participated in the annual Middletown Memorial Day Parade and Service.
2-10-00Congratulations to the following students who were selected to represent the Middletown Area High School band in these area events:
11-06-99Competing at Cedar Cliff/West Shore Stadium, the Blue Wave finished 7th.
Having qualified for the TOB Invitational on Friday November 12th, the Blue Wave elected instead to attend the football team's PIAA district 3 playoff game in Hershey.
10-30-99Sweeping every caption award but one, the Blue Wave placed first at the Lebanon competition.
The Blue Wave will next compete at the Chapter VI Championships on November 6th.
10-23-99The Blue Wave competed in their only afternoon competition of the season, finishing second.
The Blue Wave will next compete at Lebanon on October 30rd.
10-16-99One of the longest performance days of the year began early with the annual Homecoming Parade. Following an hour long march through town, and the associated homecoming activities at Memorial Field, the band played throughout the football game, rehearsed after the game, boarded the buses for the long drive to Littlestown, and competed shortly before 9:30 pm.
Facing some of the stiffest competition of the season, in what was probably a dress rehearsal for the Chapter VI Championships, the Blue Wave finished fifth. Also competing in group 3 were Lancaster Catholic, Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Valley, Susquehannock, and River Hill (MD).
The Blue Wave will next compete at Bermudian Springs on October 23rd.
10-2-99The Blue Wave began their first Saturday in October in typical fashion. As in previous years, the band provided entertainment in the morning at the Penn State-Harrisburg Craft Fair. After a brief break, The Blue Wave were off to Mechanicsburg's Music in the Park TOB competition. Despite a strong performance, the band missed a first place finish by a tenth of a point. Also competing in group 3 were Susquehannock and Lower Dauphin.
The Blue Wave's next competition appearance will be on October 16th at Littlestown.
9-25-99The Blue Wave hosted the ninth annual Sea of Sounds band competition. Competing in exhibition, they scored 81.30, highest in Group 3. Congratulations to the Blue Wave on another strong performance!
The Blue Wave's next competition appearance will be on October 2rd at Mechanicsburg's Music in the Park.
9-18-99The Blue Wave opened their 1999 marching band season by repeating last year's success at Central Dauphin's Band-A-Ram-A. Their first place finish was capped with a high auxiliary caption award. The 80.55 score was their highest opening day score in recent memory. Other group 3 bands competing included East Pennsboro, Susquehannock and New Oxford.
The Blue Wave next appearance will be in exhibition at the Middletown Sea of Sounds competition on September 25th.
5-30-99The Blue Wave ended their season with their participation in the annual Memorial Day parade. Sadly it was Mr. Martin's last official activity as high school band director.
1-28-99Congratulations to the following students who were selected to represent the Middletown Area High School band in these area events:
11-15-98On Sunday morning the Blue Wave set off on what would prove to be the longest day of the 1998 marching season. Gathering at the high school before 11 am, equipment was packed and four motor coaches were loaded with band members and parents in preparation for the journey to Lackawanna County Stadium outside of Scranton. The weatherman cooperated (for a change) and after a stop for lunch at the rest area north of I-80, the caravan arrived at the stadium at about 2:30 pm.
The band unpacked and marched off to the warmup area while the equipment crew and runners setup props and pit equipment. About 4:15 the winds suddenly died, eliminating a concern that the runners would have their hands full with uncooperative backdrops. Shortly after their scheduled performance time of 5:10, the Blue Wave marched onto the Astroturf surface of LCS.
Following one of their best performances of the season, the band posed for their pictures, then everything was packed away and we were off to the restaurant for food and warmth. The band returned in time to see the final group 3 bands perform.
After a brief intermission while the final scores were tabulated, the drum majors from twenty-seven bands marched across the field to receive their bands' awards.
With each announcement of a score, the anticipation grew as the awards moved higher and higher from our twenty-fourth seed. Finally, Middletown's name was called, in a sixteenth place tie with Elizabeth-Forward, a jump of eight places. This represents the Blue Wave's highest ever placement at ACC's.
Back onto the buses, and home to Middletown. Despite the excitement of their finish, most members managed some sleep in preparation for an early morning on Monday. Arriving back at the high school at 1:45, the band members returned home tired, but thrilled. They were due back in home room in a little over five hours, with a full day of classes and the added presence of the Middle Atlantic accreditation evaluation team.
Congratulations to the Blue Wave for a fitting conclusion to an outstanding season!
11-09-98After two days of watching scores come in from other chapter championships, the results are in. For the third time in four years the Blue Wave qualified for the Atlantic Coast Championships! This is their first ever back-to-back qualification. The Blue Wave will join twenty-six other Group 3 bands on Sunday evening, November 15th in Lackawanna County Stadium.
11-07-98The night was cold, the stands were packed, and the Blue Wave marched off the field with a fifth place finish against some of the fiercest Group 3 competition in TOB. Giving what was considered to be their cleanest performance of the season, the Blue Wave achieved a 90.00 score, their highest score ever since entering the Tournament of Bands circuit. Congratulations to a great group of dedicated kids on a fine season, and best of luck at ACCs!
11-06-98Friday evening was Senior Night at the final football game of the season. Thank you to members of the class of '99 as you partipate in your last football game, either as a player, cheerleader, or band member. Best of luck in the future in all your endeavors.
11-02-98Early Monday morning the Blue Wave traveled to Harrisburg International Airport where they performed to welcome Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge as he returned to Harrisburg on the final swing of his re-election campaign. The Governor personally thanked Mr. Martin for the welcome provided by the band.
10-31-98The Blue Wave started off what would be a long day with the annual Homecoming parade. On a beautiful day perfect for homecoming, the band performed pre-game and throughout the homecoming football game. Sporting their new uniforms, the Blue Wave looked exceptionally sharp in the bright afternoon sun.
Kelly Guenther, Blue Wave band member, was selected as the 1998 Homecoming queen. While the band remained at parade rest throughout the coronation, they expressed their support for their fellow band member with a loud cheer as she circled the track and passed the band equipment trailer.
Following the game the band was fed by the Band Boosters prior to a last rehearsal at Memorial Field. The equipment was packed up (again), and the band made the short trip to West Shore stadium.
Saturday evening presented one of the most challenging competitions of the year. Competition in group 3 for the evening included Mechanicsburg and Liberty (Elderburg MD), ranked 2nd and 3rd in Group 3 respectively. Also competing was East Pennsboro and last week's Williamsport group 3 winner, Montrose Area. Tough competition indeed. The Blue Wave finished 4th and improved their score by 0.95 from last week. Congratulations to the Blue Wave on their efforts throughout a long day, and to all the bands for their outstanding performances.
The Blue Wave will next compete in the Chapter 6 Championship on November 7th at Middletown.
10-24-98After the disappointment of a rained out cancellation two years ago, this year the weather cooperated as the Blue Wave setout for the Williamsport (PA) Millionaire Invitational band competition. Departing at 2:30 pm, the caravan of three chartered band coaches, one parents' coach, equipment trailer, and numerous personal vehicles made the two plus hour trip north on a spectacularly beautiful October afternoon. Brilliantly clear skies combined with the vibrant autumn colors to make the journey memorable. A prearranged 4:30 pm stop for a buffet dinner provided a well timed break in the trip. While there we were approached by a gentleman who is a Middletown marching band alumnus, class of 1948. As we prepared to leave, there were several comments made by the restaurant staff regarding the exemplary conduct of the band members.
The Williamsport competition was in an excellent facility with abundent parking for spectators, and a spacious staging area for the estimated 100 school buses, charter coaches, and equipment vehicles. Every aspect of the event was extremely well organized and appeared to go off without a hitch.
Competing against five other group 3 bands, the Blue Wave finished in second place behind Montrose. The band, staff, and parents arrived home about 2 am in time to set their clocks back one hour, thus gaining back an hour of precious lost sleep.
The Blue Wave will next compete at Cedar Cliff on October 31st.
10-17-98A gorgeous autumn afternoon at Bermudian Springs High School was the setting for the Blue Wave's second competition victory of the 1998 season. Along with their first place finish, they once again captured the high music caption award. Also competing in group 3 were East Pennsboro, Hershey, and Williams Valley.
The Blue Wave will next compete at Williamsport, Pa on October 24th.
10-13-98Tired of that long URL that no one can remember (geocities dot com slash something slash something else slash some number)? Well those days are over! Now the Blue Wave's web page can be reached at www.bluewaveband.org. It doesn't get much easier than that. Also, NO MORE ADs! With our upgrade to a GeoPlus account, those annoying ads are a thing of the past.
Email just got easier too. Send your comments (and complaints) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still have the old URL bookmarked? Don't worry. It will still work.
10-3-98The Blue Wave started off a long day of performing with two presentations on Saturday morning at the Penn State-Harrisburg Craft Fair. They then returned to the high school in midafternoon for final run throughs in preparation for the evening's competition. The Blue Wave braved a cold and damp night at Mechanicsburg's Music in the Park (aka Music in the RAIN) to place second in Group 3. Special thanks to the runners for the help they provided to the equipment crew in setting up props in record time!
The Blue Wave's next competition appearance will be on October 17th at Bermudian Springs.
10-2-98The Blue Wave band and Blue Raider cheerleaders were included in coverage of the Middletown-Bermudian Springs football game on WHTM's Friday Night Football.
9-19-98The Blue Wave hosted the eighth annual Sea of Sounds band competition. Competing in exhibition, they scored 79.80, highest in Group 3. They also had the highest caption scores in the music and drum major categories. Another successful evening for the Blue Wave!
The Blue Wave's next competition appearance will be on October 3rd at Music in the Park in Mechanicsburg.
9-12-98The Blue Wave opened the 1998 marching band season in spectacular fashion with a first place finish at Central Dauphin's Band-A-Ram-A. In addition to securing top honors, the band was awarded the high music caption award. Also competing in group 3 were Lebanon, Lower Dauphin, and New Oxford. The Blue Wave will next appear in exhibition at the Middletown Sea of Sounds competition on September 19th.
4-3-98The Jazz Band performed at two events this week. On Thursday, April 2nd, the Jazz band performed at Boiling Springs High School. In addition to Middletown, other performing bands were: Carlisle Sunrise, Biglerville, Cedar Cliff, Northern York, Carlisle Galaxies, and Red Land. The Boiling Springs High School Jazz Band performed in exhibition. On Friday, April 3rd, the Jazz Band competed against several other bands at Camp Hill High School. Also in competition that evening were Biglerville, Boiling Springs, Cedar Cliff, Red Land I, and Red Land II. The Camp Hill High School Jazz Band performed in exhibition. If you missed either of these two shows, you missed some great jazz from the 1940's to today.
Soloists for the evening were: Angie Lykins, trumpet and flugelhorn; Amanda Rider, tenor sax; Mike Flury, baritone sax; Jeremy Leonhard, trombone; and Chris Etter, drums.
Musical selections played were:
The members of the Jazz Band are as follows:
3-11-98Members of the Blue Wave band started their day early on Wednesday as they boarded chartered coaches bound for Broadway. The young musicians were treated to a matinee performance of Ragtime at the newly renovated Ford Theatre.
Prior to the performance, members of the cast participated in their inaugural educational session designed to explain the inner working of the theatre to high school students. Also in attendance were students from various NYC and other visiting high schools. The students arrived home late Wednesday evening tired but enriched by their experience.
3-10-98The Blue Wave Jazz Band and Jazz Combo entertained senior citizens at the Middletown Community Building Tuesday evening. Seniors and members of the MAHS Key Club compared dance steps as the bands provided two hours of music ranging from swing to jazz to rock. The annual St. Patrick's Day dance has grown in popularity and attendance each year.
1-25-98Congratulations to the following students who were selected to represent the Middletown Area High School band in these area events:
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