On Saturday, August 21, the NPHS Alliance Marching Band performed at a Zumbathon to help raise money for their organization. Zumba is a form of fitness, where people work out through dancing. It is typically to Latin American dance music, as that is what Zumba is based on. One of the band parents, Ms. Cascante, helped make the day possible by providing the Zumba lesson. All funds from the event went directly to the band to help purchase props and equipment for their 2021 marching show, “Pathways.”
The event was held at Tringali Park Recreation Center at 11:00 am. The band and color guard got there early, which allowed them to warm up. After warming up and getting hyped and excited, they marched into the gymnasium to play for the Zumba participants, to get them excited and ready to go. The band played most of their stand’s tunes, including Apache, Never Gonna Give You Up, Land of 1000, Sequence 3, and more. The audience were cheering and dancing along, with everyone having a great time. “I liked doing the dances and just having fun with everyone,” explained front ensemble and cymbal line member Hayley Smith. Overall, everyone had an amazing time, and the band earned all the money they were hoping for and more.
Overall, there was an amazing turnout for the event, with many parents and Zumba members supporting the band. The Alliance achieved their goal, not only financially but socially as well, getting all the participants excited, awake, and ready to go. The band hopes to continue to go out in the community and perform, to help bring joy to people and have fun.