BHS Marching Band wakes up the Woods

Nancy Jervis, Barb Craig and BIB President Gordy Oliva at the BHS Marching Band Wake Up Call
Nancy Jervis, Barb Craig and BIB President Gordy Oliva at the BHS Marching Band Wake Up Call

Good morning, Huntington Woods! Hearing music that sounded a little too close, Barb Craig opened her front door last Friday to find her sister, Nancy Jervis, and the BHS Marching Band at her doorstep.

Nancy had won the “BHS Marching Band Wake-up Call” at the Huntington Woods Men’s Club (HWMC) Auction in March and decided to surprise her sister. The Berkley Instrumental Boosters (BIB), the fundraising arm of the Berkley bands, also donated several other auction items, including a chance to lead the band in the fight song. That honor went to HW Mayor Ron Gillham who led the band during a halftime game under the direction of his granddaughter, two-time Big 10 Award-winning senior drum major Allie Archambault.

BHS Marching Band director Alan Posner says the HWMC donated funds this year for the band to purchase a new vibraphone. BIB President Gordy Oliva says the auction items are the group’s way of showing appreciation, and also helps the HWMC raise funds to benefit the community. “These two auction items didn’t cost the Boosters anything, but they sure did create great moments. I hope we can do it again next year,” said Oliva.

Oliva thanked the Huntington Woods Police Department for ensuring the street was safe for marchers during the wake-up call. He also thanked Craig’s neighbors who may have gotten roused out of bed earlier than expected.

The BHS Indoor Marching Band Concert is Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. in the BHS auditorium. The concert band will also be featured. The event is free and open to the public.

The BHS Marching Band will also be performing at the Burton Elementary parade at 12:30 p.m. October 31 and at the Norup International parade at 2 p.m.     

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