PM Marching Unit to perform ‘Eastern Enchantment’

Audience members will be treated to music from “Scheherazade,” “The Nutcracker” and “Danse Bacchanale” while experiencing the colors and images of India when the Penn Manor Marching Unit performs its new show, “Eastern Enchantment,” this year.

The 2015-2016 program includes about 20 marching unit members outfitted in authentic Indian attire and features classical music, including the Arabian Dance from “The Nutcracker.” The show will incorporate flugelhorns recently purchased with a grant from Penn Manor Education Foundation.

“The show concept was designed to give the audience a theme and music selections that they can easily relate to and recognize,” said band director Andrew Johnson.

“Eastern Enchantment” is the first show designed and implemented entirely under the direction of Johnson, a 2001 Penn Manor graduate who was an active participant in the school’s music programs. He took over as band director last August, replacing Thomas Mumma.

“It’s exciting but intimidating at the same time,” Johnson said. “There will be a lot of eyes on the show. I hope they can enjoy the whole experience we’re trying to convey.”

The 67-member marching unit will be led by drum majors William Torres Jr. and Emma Young.

The band performs at all Comets football games and participates in the Lancaster County Marching Band Coalition. LCMBC Showcase performances are scheduled for Sept. 26 at Lancaster Catholic High School, Oct. 17 at Manheim Township High School and Oct. 31 at McCaskey High School.

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