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Springville Journal letter to the editor: Pageant of Bands thanks community supporters

The Pageant of Bands Committee thanks all generous supporters of the 51st annual Springville Griffith Institute/Kiwanis Pageant of Bands, held in May.

This year’s pageant included jazz ensemble, concert band, color guard, percussion and parade competitions. The awards ceremony, preceded by some very colorful field performances, was held, immediately after the parade, at Pop Warner Field.

The Kiwanis Club has joined with the Springville-Griffith Institute, over the past 51 years, to help bring to Springville one of New York state’s longest-running band pageants. Generous community support is an integral facet of the pageant and has allowed it to continue, this many years.

Year after year, this pageant continues to offer students the opportunity to visit our school and community and interact with students from other districts, while listening to and enjoying each other’s musical talent.

The combined efforts of the G.I. music department, with Mr. Joe Gervase at the baton, the G.I. High School students, who help coordinate much of the event, service organizations, such as Kiwanis, and dedicated community sponsors all come together, to allow this musical event to continue.

Our sincere appreciation goes out to this year’s trophy sponsors: McDonald’s of Springville, Tim’s Auto, Tops Markets, Springville Manufacturing Company, Springville Animal Hospital, Springville Pediatrics, Landscaping & Excavating by Miller’s, Witter-Davis Furniture Company, Slippy’s Collision, Wendel’s Poultry Farm, Fireside Inn, Julie’s Pizzeria, Springville Hardware & Homewear, Concord Land Realty, Carpet World of Springville, Downtown Pizzeria and Cafe, Scott G. Nachbar DVM, The Joylan Theatre, The Springville Journal and Springville Eye Care. We thank these sponsors, for their generosity.

The following area organizations, businesses and individuals also provided support: Emerling Ford-Mercury and Slippy’s Collision provided the vehicles for the parade-judging platform. Ms. Suzanne Manchester, Kyle Manchester and Corvettes of Buffalo helped provide the beautiful cars used for transporting pageant dignitaries and the band queens, during the parade. Drivers/owners included Kyle Manchester, Barry Decker, John Arbogast, Alan Manchester (in Evan Emerling’s Corvette), Murray Smith, Lowell Rothenberer and Joe Dionne.

Flowers for the band queens were donated by S&N/Eileen’s and Mrs. Joyce Manchester helped with arrangements. The S&S Sign Shop provided the vinyl signs, for each of the queens’ cars.

The American Legion Concord Post 431 led the parade, with their Color Guard unit and American flag. The Springville police and fire departments provided support, during the entire event.

Supported by the G.I. music department, the Kiwanis Club of Springville and a broad base of community sponsors, the Springville Pageant of Bands continues, as a fine musical tradition of our community.

Visit our Springville Pageant of Bands Facebook page, during the year, and plan to visit us again next year, in May 2014, for the 52nd annual pageant!

Mike Pendl
Kiwanis Pageant of Bands Committee cochairman
Kiwanis Club of Springville

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