MILLERSPORT - Jane Dickman couldn't feel her fingers. But the biting wind and snow didn't stop the 9th grade Millersport High School clarinetist or any other member of the Millersport High School Marching Lakers band from playing a rousing performance during the Millersport Christmas Parade Saturday.
It was the coldest weather in which Dickman ever played, although alto saxophonist Matt Skinner, a senior, has seen worse. Still, "It was bad," he said. "We had a good time, though. We always do. We just put the weather aside and have fun."
Marching band director Noelle Harkabus was right out there with her students. "I was playing baritone," she said, because a couple members of the 21-member marching band were absent. Harkabus told her horn players not to worry about horn posture during the paradejust get through it.
Harkabus said this year's marching band really "clicks" well together, and has the recognition to prove it. The band won first place in the Baltimore Festival parade, second place at the Jackson County Apple Festival, and third place at the Teays Valley marching band competition. "It's been a really good year," she said.
Saturday's strong turnout was a tribute to the Millersport community's tightness as Lancaster Street was lined with happy, albeit shivering, people. Jeff Watson, owner of Watson Oil, said he and Faye Whitaker of the Canal Restaurant organize the parade, but, "It's really more of a community thing," said Watson, who is grateful for all the community support. This was the parade's eighth year, he said.
The Millersport marching band escorted a long line of parade floats, one of which carried ol' Saint Nick himself!