Marching Band, Orchestra, & Jazz Band

Marching Band

The Easton Area High School “Red Rover” Marching Band consists of approximately 300 students in grades 9-12. The group builds upon itself each year and works hard to improve to continue the legacy of the program. The marching band provides our students with numerous experiences and opportunities they will carry with them throughout their lifetime.

The goal of the marching band is to provide students with an enriching experience, both musically and non-musically, and to strengthen the ties with our community through entertaining and exciting performances. The band works on one competitive, yet entertaining, show throughout the marching season. Additionally, the band prepares a pregame show that is performed at each home football game in Cottingham Stadium.

The marching band performs at every Easton Area High School football game. One of the highlights of our season is the annual football game against rival Phillipsburg High School, among the nation’s longest-standing high school football rivalries dating back to 1905, played on Thanksgiving Day each year at Lafayette College’s Fisher Field. In addition to performances at football games, the marching band also hosts its annual “First Flag Over the United Colonies” band festival at the beginning of October. The band performs in various festivals throughout the area, along with an annual Halloween and Memorial Day Parade in Easton, PA. The band also travels annually to Philadelphia to perform in the QVC West Chester Christmas Parade.

The Easton Area High School Marching Band performs throughout the community, state, and country. National performances include the 1994 Rose Bowl Bowl Parade, Citrus Bowl, 1997 Sugar Bowl, Walt Disney Main Street Parade, 2005 Presidential Inauguration Parade, 2010 Bridgepoint Holiday Education Bowl, 2014 Orange Bowl, 2015 Miss America Parade, and 2017 Fiesta Bowl Parade. The marching band will perform its halftime show in the 2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, FL.

Tradition is the hard work and dedication of those that stood here before you.
TODAY is your turn.

Orchestra

The Easton Area High School Orchestra program consists of approximately 120 students in grades 9-12. Curricular offerings for the orchestra program include a symphonic orchestra, exposing students to full orchestra repertoire, along with a 9th grade string ensemble. Students also may audition for extra curricular ensembles including Chamber Strings and Pit Orchestra.

Chamber Strings is an auditioned ensemble consisting of only string students. This group learns advanced repertoire and performs consistently throughout the community and at various school events. Our pit orchestra performs during the high school spring musical.

Recent accomplishments of the orchestra program include performances in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York City.  Eight EAHS violinists had the opportunity to perform with the Piano Guys at their State Theatre performance in Easton, PA. The orchestra will perform in Universal Studios on December 31, 2019 as a part of the Instrumental Music Department tour to Florida.

Jazz Band

The Easton Area High School Jazz program consists of two extra curricular ensembles, along with two curricular classes. Students may choose to take Honors Jazz Improvisation & Arranging I or Honors Jazz Improvisation & Arranging II. Through these courses, students learn about jazz harmonies, scales, and theory. Additionally, students listen extensively and learn in depth about significant musicians of the genre. Students in the second level of the course compose a chart for full jazz ensemble.

Every student has a place within the jazz program at EAHS. Any student wishing to perform jazz may participate in Jazz Lab while acceptance into Jazz Band is based upon audition. The jazz program at EAHS annually hosts a jazz festival, inviting local bands and guest clinicians. Additionally, the jazz program holds its annual “Saturday Night Swing” event, an evening filled with food and great jazz music.

The Jazz Band travels and competes extensively throughout the spring season. The band consistently receives high ratings and outstanding section awards. The Jazz Band rehearses three hours, once weekly, in the evenings, while students also hold sectionals outside of rehearsal.

The jazz program has a longstanding partnership with the Altes Gymnasium in Flensburg, Germany. Through this partnership, the two jazz bands travel back and forth from Germany to the US and vice versa every few years. In doing so, the students learn about each other’s cultures, traditions, and have the opportunity to perform together. In October 2019, students from the Altes Gymnasium will travel to Easton, PA to continue this tradition. Students from Easton Area High School previously traveled to Flensburg in May 2016.