Downingtown West Marching Band Winter Wrap-up


Lead the way! Band Director Mr. Ed Otto marches the Downingtown West Marching Band onto the football field during the West Chester East vs. Downingtown West football game.

Kelly Flynn, Staff Reporter

The Downingtown West Band has been having a distanced yet fun year. The band had many things planned for this year that unfortunately had to be pushed back but they still made the best of this year.

It all started in the hot summer where the band members worked on Mondays and Wednesdays to perfect their 2020 marching band show, a tribute to the Beatles. Their show included well-known Beatles songs such as “Eleanor Rigby”, “Hey Jude”, and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. Their show was played at every home football game.

The band’s plans to attend and play in the 2021 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade had to be canceled due to the COVID19 pandemic and restrictions. This was only the second time the parade has ever been canceled. Instead of hosting a parade, the Tournament of Roses association held a tribute to all involved seniors; the West senior band members submitted a video of themselves playing “Everything Coming up Roses” by Ethel Merman. These submitted videos were compiled into one video that was played on New Year’s Day. The Downingtown Blue and Gold Marching Band still plans on attending the Rose Bowl Parade in 2022.

To round out their season, the band had their yearly winter concert. Although there were some changes, the band still managed to come together and play some cheerful songs. Much like the tribute to the seniors, the band members had to submit a record of their songs and have them all merged into one. The band is now focusing on their up and coming spring concert.

Although the band had a marching season like no other, they still managed to have an eventful and fun year.  We wish all the best to the graduating seniors and hope for a more normal 2021 season for all underclassmen.