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The Pittston Area Music Department consists of various ensembles throughout the years. The Concert Band has featured many great concerts in recent past. In addition, it served as a breeding ground of sorts for several All-State and All-Eastern musicians including Shea Riley, Ed Jakuboski and Walter Bechtold.

The Jazz Ensemble is now a regular at the Cavalcade of Jazz Bands Championships. The ensemble has always been known for its extremely popular music choices and fine soloists. The Marching Patriots have been competing since the early 1980’s and are the 1999 and 2009 TOB Atlantic Coast Group One Champions, as well as the Cavalcade of Bands 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2014 Independence Conference Champions. Also, in 2008, the Concert Choir returned to Pittston Area High School for the first time since the passing of long time choral director Mr. Curtis Roberts.

2012-present: Brendan Carter, Marching Band Director

2011: Eric Boylan, Marching Band Director

2002-present: Adam Burdett, Band Director/ 2002-2010, Marching Band Director

1989-2001: Robert J. Lemoncelli, Band Director

1984-1988: Edward A. Richards, Band Director

Marching Patriots History:

2013 – Pre-School Days – Cavalcade Independence Open Conference 5th place

2012 – A New York State Of Mind – Cavalcade Independence Open Conference 6th place.

2011 – Hurricane Warning – Cavalcade Independence Open Conference Champions.

2010 – The Patriots Go West – Cavalcade Independence Open Conference Champions, 2nd Place ACC’s, Chapter 7 Champions.

2009 – A Night at the Opera – Group 1 Atlantic Coast Champions and High Music and Visual, Cavalcade Independence Open Conference Champions, Chapter 7 Champions.

2008 – En Fuego – Cavalcade Independence Open Conference Champions!!!! and High Music and Effect, 4th place ACC’s with High Brass Award, 2nd place Chapter Championships.

2007 – A Nautical Adventure – 2nd Place ACC’s, 2nd Place Chapter Championships

2006 – The Flowers of the Four Seasons – 2nd Place ACC’s and High Woodwinds, Chapter 7 Champions

2005 – The Marching Patriots Go Russian, How About That – 5th place ACC’s, 2nd Place Chapter Championships

2004 – The Marching Patriots Go Patriotic – 2nd Place ACC’s and High Visual and Auxiliary, 2nd Place Chapter Championships

2003 – The Raven – 3rd Place ACC’s, Chapter 7 Champions

2002 – Three Mental States – 4th Place ACC’s, Chapter 7 Champions

2001 – The Triad of General Effect – 3rd Place ACC’s, Chapter 7 Champions

2000 – Into The Raging River – 9th Place ACC’s, 2nd Place Chapter Championships

1999 – A Concert Band Comes to Life – Atlantic Coast and High Visual and High Woodwinds, Chapter 7 Champions

1998 – Appalachian Spring, A Ballet for Martha – 2nd Place ACC’s and High Visual, Chapter 7 Champions

1997 – Carmina Burana – 5th Place ACC’s, 2nd Place Chapter Championships

1996 – A Tour of Italy – 5th Place ACC’s, 3rd Place Chapter Championships

1995 – Bavarian Adventure – 5th Place ACC’s, 2nd Place Chapter Championships

1994 – Romeo & Juliet – 13th Place ACC’s, 2nd Place Chapter Championships

1993 – Swan Lake – 4th Place ACC’s and High Auxiliary, 2nd Place Chapter Championships

1992 – A Tribute to Classical Music – 22nd Place ACC’s, 2nd Place Chapter Championships

1991 – San Juan Odyssey, Voices That Care, Rendezvous in Urbana, How Do You Keep The Music Playing – 3rd Place Chapter Championships

1990 – Jupiter, Scream Machine, Brian’s Song – 3rd Place Chapter Championships

1989 – Suite for Jazz Orchestra, Drunken Sailor, Shakers, On My Own – 23rd Place ACC’s, 4th Place Chapter Championships

1988 – Phantom of the Opera – 21st Place ACC’s, 3rd place Chapter Championships

1987 – My Favorite Things, – 15th place ACC’s, Chapter 7 Champions (1st Chapter Championship)

1986 – Unknown Title, Pegasus, Night Streets, Greatest Love of All – 15th place ACC’s, 2nd place Chapter Championships

1985 – This Masquerade, Catavento, Pegasus, Home from “The Wiz” – 23rd place ACC’s (1st ACC’s appearance), 2nd place Chapter Championships

1984 – Pictures of Spain, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

1983 – Comin on Strong, Gloria, Africa, With One More Look at You – 4th place Chapter Championships