MORRISTOWN - When the Green Rockets Marching Band hits the streets this summer theyre hoping the Led Zeppelin classic Stairway To Heaven will prove to be the gateway to yet another successful marching band season.
Director Jill Roberts said this years routine, which includes songs that may very well be older than man of the band members parents, will also include two other Zeppelin hits, Immigrant Song and Whole Lotta Love.
Im expecting great things from the Morristown Rockets this year, she said. Everyone is very dedicated and working hard on our routine. It will definitely be one to remember.
Despite being one of the smallest schools in St. Lawrence County, this years band will actually be one of the largest on the streets this summer with 49 total members.
We have 20 kids in band and 20 in the color guard. With the banner girls and American flag line we total 49 students, she said, adding Sami Hall will again serve as drum majorette.
And among those 49 students, Mrs. Roberts said there isnt a single senior.
The majority of our leaders and soloists are just finishing their tenth grade year, she said.
While the band may be young, Mrs. Roberts said there is a difference between being young and being inexperienced.
We are still a young band with students in fourth grade through eleventh grade, she said. Even though they are young, they have many years of marching experience. For some students this is their sixth year marching.
This years routine will feature several soloists and ensembles including an alto saxophone solo by Bailey Holmes, a trumpet duet by Alyssa Jock and Dakota Colby and a drum feature including, Corey Dowden, Tanner Peck, Noah Roberts, Kayleigh Barker and Rhianna Chapin.
The show will also include a multiple-instrument ensemble with Mackenzie Barse, Karissa Bertand, Kurstyn Macaulay, Alyssa Jock and Bailey Holmes.
The routine will debut at 10 a.m. Wednesday when Morristown hosts its annual Fourth of July parade.
The parade will also include the Ogdensburg Free Academy, Lisbon, Heuvelton, Edwards-Knox and Gouverneur marching bands.