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EA Plans to Show Off Its Jazz Skills During Festival

By Bonnijean Cooney Adams
The Tube City Almanac
September 14, 2019
Posted in: Entertainment, North Versailles Twp. News

East Allegheny Wildcats Marching Band members take to the field for a practice session on a beautiful summer evening. (Bonnijean Cooney Adams photo special to Tube City Almanac)

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East Allegheny Wildcats band competition

Where: Churchman Stadium, Jacks Run Road, North Versailles Twp.

When: 6 p.m. today (Sept. 14)

East Allegheny Wildcats Marching Band will showcase its jazz-themed show when it hosts eight other units for a competition that begins at 6 p.m. today (Sept. 14) at Churchman Stadium in North Versailles Twp.

“We’ve been doing jazz music since 2015 — we’ve found our own niche — and the students enjoy the music and have become very proficient with it,” band director Justin Rosco said.

The show “New York Dreams” features three main production numbers performed against a New York City skyline for a production that runs approximately eight and a half minutes, he said, and includes vocal performances.

Senior drum major Madison Spahr keeps the band on track. (Bonnijean Cooney Adams photo special to Tube City Almanac)

His wife Amanda Rosco is assistant band director and in charge of the high school musical and vocal departments. He said there is an overlap of band students who are in the musical and choir who have had experience with the type of jazz now featured by the band. She also designed the logo.

Student leaders like the show and theme, but are split on what is their favorite part.

Wildcats color guard members hone their skills during an evening practice session. Lee Kumer, director of the Golden Triangles, continues to provide instruction for the group.( Bonnijean Cooney Adams photo special to Tube City Almanac)

Makala Ruffin, a senior who plays French horn, and drum major Madison Spahr, say they like the end because the whole performance builds up in intensity.

Sophomore Aidan Foscoe, who plays xylophone as part of the percussion section, said he likes his role helping Madison control the pit and all the marching.

He said although he likes the end, he also enjoys the beginning of the show featuring the vocalists.


6 p.m. Steel Valley
6:15 p.m. Youngsville
6:30 p.m. McKeesport Area
6:45 p.m. McGuffey
7 p.m. Penn-Trafford
7:15 p.m. 30-minute intermission
7:45 p.m. Woodland Hills
8 p.m. Connellsville
8:15 p.m. Serra Catholic
8:30 p.m. Host East Allegheny performs

Bonnijean Cooney Adams is a former McKeesport Daily News editor. She may be reached at

Originally published September 14, 2019.

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