About the Program
The Marching Wildcats is the nickname of Mifflinburg’s marching band program which is an co-curricular activity. Mifflinburg believes that its marching band program is to act as an extension of the music program to help further the musical and social abilities of its members. Students will be able to expand their knowledge of instrumental technique, music theory, musical styles, and ceremonial tradition, as well as the skills necessary to most effectively work as a group.
One of the most historically rooted and most visible functions of the band is providing music for school and community events. These include community events, parades and ceremonies as well as school pep rallies and football games. The Mifflinburg Area Instrumental Program is committed to continuing the tradition of our students being ceremonial musicians as an important component of their overall educational experience.
This Year's Field Show
FALL SHOW 2019 “Timeless Love”
The Mifflinburg Area Marching Wildcats’ 2019 fall show, “Timeless Love” features love songs from several genres that all speak to the nature of love. The show opens with Elvis’ famous ballad about love’s inevitability, “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. Next comes “Habanera” from the opera Carmen which describes love as being fickle and fleeting. The next piece takes a look at love from a parent’s point of view. Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” tells of a parent meeting a child for the first time, and recognizes that moment as the moment we truly learn the meaning of love. The show then concludes with the modern jazz hit “Everything” by Michael Bublé which emphasizes love as being the true meaning of our lives.
The marching band is led by Drum Major Taylor Williams and Assistant Drum Major Robert Swartzlander.
Band Officers are: President – Christopher Rapson; Vice President –Amanda Reid; Secretary/Treasurer –Benjamin Heintzelman; Historian -Taylor Williams; Senior Representative -Austin Catherman; Junior Representative – Robert Swartzlander; Sophomore Representative –Josh Hauck; and Color Guard Representative – Nicole Maxfield
The Marching Area Wildcats’ staff includes: Director – Matthew Labar, Assistant Directors – Kelsey Hurst, Debra Rapson, Patricia Wagner, and Matthew Wells; Color Guard Instructors – Lori Rodichok and Andrea Kelly; Brass Instructor – Ryan Fitch; Percussion Instructor – Hayden Stacki. The drill was designed by Justin McAdams.
All wind and percussion arrangements are done by Jay Dawson, Richard Saucedo, and Jay Bocook.
The Marching Wildcats thank the Mifflinburg Area Band Boosters for their enthusiastic support. We also thank the Board and Administration of our school district, as well as the businesses and individuals of the surrounding communities for their continued generous support.