Ambridge Steel Drum Band started in 1987 will be directed by Mr. Todd Hartman and recently celebrated 25 years. Mr. Hartman has been leading the Ambridge Steel Drum Band for 13 years . The Steel Drum Band was in the Rose Bowl parade was in 2004 pushing all of the steel pans, however this year they will have 16 members playing pans on a 24 foot long flat bed trailer, 4 playing auxiliary percussion, 1 drum, 1 bass, and 4 will be pushing the carts around the trailer. Hartman, thanks the Ambridge Fire department for allowing use of a generator to get the the sounds of the pans and bass though a PA system. Ron Wilson, maintenance for Ambridge Area School District, will be driving the truck that will pull the trailer. Hartman added that Wilson was instrumental with wiring the sounds and also blocking in all of the steel pans on the trailer.
Director Todd Hartman said they started preparing for this night since August. Mr. Hartman shared that a former graduate from Ambridge and former Bridger Bell Jessica Shubet and Parade Creative Director Cheryl Capezzuti coordinated parade puppetry that will dance to the music that was sent to them via audio files. The band and dancers will practice for the first time together before the parade starts. Senior Miranda Penn said that "this will be a big opportunity like the BE Taylor concert. We get to do a lot of gigs, but this is different. We will be on a float with lots of people watching." Miranda has been in the Ambridge Steel Drums for four years and currently in the advance group. Senior Alex Mycyk, currently in the advance group, has been in the Steel Drum Band for four years. Alex said he is not looking forward to the weather but it will be the first time he will be on a float, with dancers, while playing the steel pans. They learned a new piece for this parade, Alex said, it took over a month to to learn.
Ambridge Steel Drum Band had to go along with the theme "special delivery" to participate in the parade . Ambridge will be "delivering" the warm weather. Come and see the tropical theme trailer tonight Parade lineup is at Convention Center at 10th street. Parade begins at 8pm and goes down Penn to Stanwix street.
Learn more about first night at http://www.firstnightpgh.org/