Northampton High School BIG N BAND ALUMNI SITE

Big N Band 1979-80

Presenting the Barry W. Nottle tribute film...

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Mark Jonkman & Barry Nottle 2015

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Mark Jonkman & Jeff Lantzer 2015

Several years ago I (Mr. J.) started a You Tube Channel that includes many videos of the Junior High/Middle School and High School Concert Bands, Marching Bands, Jazz Bands, Indoor Groups and a couple of other things.

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2015-16 Performance of the Big N Band - James Sansone, Director

Loads of photos are located below the Sign-Up Sheet...

1966 Elementary Band

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1987 Newspaper Article about the Alumni Band...

Northampton Alumni Group

Strikes Up The Band Once More

October 01, 1987|by SONIA CSENCSITS, The Morning Call

They came from far and near. Some had not played musical instruments for more than 20 years. But, when they took the field on Sunday, there was no hint of a lack of preparation.

The Northampton Alumni Band made its first appearance Sunday before a stadium filled with band followers.

And they were great. The audience began applauding as the band began its march along the track to enter the field. They marched with precision. Straight lines, perfect posture. Majorettes, poms and silks did their routines as though there had been no lapse in performances.

"Watermelon Man," a song introduced by former band director Raymond Becker Jr. was the first selection.

Was this a band that was performing after only three rehearsals? Impossible to tell from the sound. The years of practice in high school, day after day, year after year, paid off. "Watermelon Man" was exuberant, a tribute to those long ago days.

Then, former director Barry Nottle led them in "Memories," from the Broadway show "Cats." Again, a perfectperformance.

Mark Jonkman, the band director led the finale, "Hello," a Neil Diamond song.

For Nottle this was the first time back on the field since he retired as director five years ago. Now an elementary music instructor, he described the feeling as, "strange." Nottle said, "I am very happy with the sound. I am very pleased."

For Becker, director from 1956-72, the reunion was a "Thrill." He selected Watermelon Man because, "It was a song we played back then and they still love to play."

The band directors received plaques from the members.

Ruth Reph Miller and a Northampton Band Booster committee came up with the alumni idea during a brainstorming session. She said, "We are having a ball." Afterward she said, "It was over too soon."

Diane Dreher Reph said the reunion was the first time she played the French horn since Memorial Day 1966. "It is amazing how at the first practice it came back. We shocked ourselves. We really sounded good. The music flowed."

Reph added, "I just didn't think we would have a chance like this, a chance to come back and march with the band. I would not have missed it for the world."

Ruth Hall Alvin, also French horn, who not played since 1970, said, "The music came back like it was yesterday."

Michael Skweir, a 1950 graduated, was the "oldest," to return. He plays with the Catasauqua Band and would like to see a Northampton Band organized. He played the bass clarinet. He said, "I love music, and I think this was a great idea."

He added, "How times have changed.There is more emphasis on showmanship rather than marches. They emphasize pop tunes. When I was in high school, we played marches. One big change is that in those days we used to put on an entirely different show each week. There was a different show and different music for each football game. Every Saturday there was a different motif."

Mike Reph could not march onto the field because his left leg was in a cast from a skiing accident. But he played the trumpet. 'It was nice to see the people again. It was a good idea. I think it was worth it."

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I had forgotten all about these sites created in 2003 just for the Spring Trip...

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