Knoch High Band is a proud annual participant in the Pittsburgh Celebrate the Season Parade since its inception in 1980!
Knoch High Band!
The Knoch High School Marching Band is comprised of nearly 100 of the most talented Knoch High School students. The band actively performs at all football games and proudly represents the school district at various community parades in the South Butler and Pittsburgh areas. Come and see our shows!
Additionally, the band has traveled to perform in the Apple Blossom Festival (Winchester, VA), at the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, OH), the Azalea Festival (Norfolk, VA), on the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum (NY, NY), in the nationally televised Centennial Celebration of the Cherry Blossom Parade (Washington D.C.), The Grande Ole Opry (Nashville, TN) and in Disney's Magic Music Days Parade (Orlando, FL).
The color guard is an integral part of the marching design, color palette, and musical interpretation of the performance. The guard uses props and equipment, along with movement, to express dynamic passages in the music accompanying the marching band show.
By using flags, sabres, rifles, swing flags, and other pieces of equipment pertaining to the music, as well as a mix of jazz, modern, and contemporary dance, the color guard interprets the music into a stunning visual element. Sometimes referred to as a sport of the arts, it takes physical strength as well as grace and talent to achieve the precision choreography created on the field.
Contact the Color Guard Advisor, Kim Brandt:
Established in 1973, the Knochettes were first named "Pom Pom Girls". In 1974, the new name "Knochettes" was adopted and they have been a staple of the Knoch High Band ever since.
Pom, field jazz, kick, drill and prop; we do it all! Utilizing our precise and synchronized style, the Knochettes add shine, movement, emotion and style to the smooth sounds the instrumentalists produce. Our style is influenced by the world famous "Rockettes" and the first precision dance group to perform on the football field with a marching band, Kilgore College Rangerettes (established in 1940).
Contact the Knochette Advisor, Lori Spangler:
The origin of Baton twirling is unknown but most likely came about as extension of the Color Guard and Drum Majors of the Military post WWII. In the late 1930s "Majorettes" made their debut when band directors decided to increase the audience appeal of the marching band by adding a baton twirler or two.
The very first Knoch Majorettes were a small squad of 5 members that took the field in 1959. Baton twirling and being a Majorette is both a sport and an art. It takes intense coordination to keep the baton in motion while the body moves in a graceful manner, all the while incorporating dance moves, gymnastic maneuvers, and music interpretation demanding a high level of concentration and physical exertion.
Contact the Majorette Advisor, Natalie Watt:
Directors and Advisors
Mrs. Lori Spangler, Knochette Advisor
Mr. Brad French, Assistant Band Director
Mr. Ricardo Hayden, Band Director
Mrs. Natalie Watt, Majorette Advisor
Mrs. Kim Brandt, Colorguard Advisor