On Saturday, September 20th, the Southern Columbia Area High School Marching Band, joined by marching bands from Mifflinburg Area High School, South Williamsport Area High School, and Portage Area High School, had the opportunity to perform with the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band and the Penn State Blue Band at the Unrivaled Band Jam held in the Bryce Jordan Center in State College. SCA's band performed the fight song, Victors, and fan favorites such as Boo Gonk and Hey Baby, accompanied by the other bands. Afterwards, the students attended the PSU vs. UMass football game and were invited on the field to have their picture taken with the Penn State and UMass bands.
 
Stephen Payne, a trombonist and president of the Blue Band, says that it has been a number of years since the college students played with high school bands. "I was excited to see the change. I think it’s important to inspire younger musicians to continue performing and playing their instruments,” Payne says. “Seeing older students having so much fun while still performing at the highest level can encourage some of these instrumentalists and performers to continue playing beyond high school."  SCA Band Director Joel Thomas was proud of his students and was happy to showcase them before his mentor, Blue Band Director Richard Bundy. ”Memories of a lifetime were made with this experience," stated Mr. Thomas.  "Hopefully, we will be able to do this again in the near future." 
 

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