Pie festival raises nearly $10,000 for SV band

September 4, 2019 Cranberry Local News


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The 230-member Seneca Valley Marching Band debuted its four-song 2019 program Aug. 22 during its annual pie festival. The event raised nearly $10,000 for the band.

JACKSON TWP — More than 1,500 people turned out Aug. 22 for an evening of pie and the first public performance of the Seneca Valley Marching Band's 2019 routine.

The annual Pie Fest is the band's largest fundraiser, with band members donating pies and drinks. This year, 353 pies yielding more than 1,800 slices — plus 1,200 ice cream cups — were consumed to raise nearly $10,000.

The event concluded with performances by the 230-member band, which debuted its four-song program.

“It was a great first performance for our students,” said band director Varden Armstrong. “After several weeks of hard work, it is so rewarding to see the joy on the faces of our students when it all pays off.”

The event also featured for the first time the district's fifth- and sixth-grade bands, whose 72 members joined the high school marching band to perform the national anthem.

Organizers said they were thankful for the 13-member committee which helped organize the event, as well as the 67 volunteers who assisted the night of the event.

“This was truly a team effort of our hardworking planning committee, band boosters, Seneca Valley band directors and administration, Pie Fest sponsors, and volunteers, and finally our band families,” said chairwoman Melissa White. “We are looking forward to an even bigger Pie Fest in 2020.”

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J.W.  Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr. is the bureau chief of the Cranberry Eagle. Johnson is a native of Bellaire, Ohio, and graduated from Bellaire High School in 2004. He is a 2009 graduate of Ohio University in Athens with a bachelor of specialized studies degree in English and journalism. While there, he served as a reporter and editor at The Post, the university’s student-run, independent newspaper. In 2009, he was hired as a reporter for The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register in Wheeling, W.Va. Over the course of eight years, he also served as Marshall County bureau chief, city editor and news editor. He also won two first place West Virginia Press Association Awards for his reporting and design work. He and his wife, Maureen, live in Carnegie.