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Penn Manor Marching Unit earns honors in USBands Competition

The Penn Manor Marching Unit completed its fall 2023 competition season on a high note, placing second overall in the USBands Regional Competition, held October 28 in Camp Hill that included 15 bands from Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia. 

In the divisional round, Penn Manor placed second, with a score of 83.7 points, less than two points out of first place. The Comets placed first in percussion, and had the fifth-highest score in the five divisions representing the 15 competing bands.

In the final round of the competition, Penn Manor scored 84.1 points, earning a seventh place overall finish and a third place in percussion out of the 10 marching bands competing.

 “This band has persevered through a season filled with rain, injuries and setbacks,” said Andrew Johnson, high school band director and music teacher. “To do as well as they did in a brand new competition circuit is truly unprecedented.”

PMMU members include:

Cristofer Arias, Viviana Arnold, Luciana Benedict, Makenna Burns, Kazi Cauler, Julia Ditzler, Anaysiah Douglas, Daphne Eisenhauer, Jaden Emmert, Janelle Evans, Haley Evans, Geo Ferre, David Ferre, Bailey Floyd, Lily Fox, Nathan Fried, Evan Gregory, Clare Helfrich, Eamon Helfrich, Rayann Hunnell, Kyler Hunnell, Josh Johnson, Richard Kemmer.

Aaron Keohane, Harlem King, Adah Layton, Zach Magill, Fiona Mausolf, Briann Miller, Anna Mincemoyer, Brady Mitchell, Slyvia Moenga, Dylan Mullins, Abagail Murch, Jacob Nesmith, Anna Nonnemacher, Casey Nussbaumer, Janelle Ortiz, Aixa Preston, Elizabeth Pursel, IzEldeen Salem, Kayla Shertzer, Aydan Smith, Jordan Smith, Mushna Subba, Emmaleigh Swift, Tori Vasold, Sandra Walker, Joseph Ward and Ava Wolfersberger.

Congratulations to Mr. Johnson, his staff and students on their success.