Alma Mater and Henderson Marching Band's Show at the Rustin Vs. Henderson Football Game

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This post contains photos of the Henderson Warriors' Marching Band during their show performance at the Rustin vs. Henderson Football Game on August 30, and a youtube video of Rustin's band playing the school Alma Mater at the end of the game.

I didn't take a photo of the West Chester Henderson school building this year, but here's one from the same game in 2016.

Original photo taken with LG-G3 cell phone


As I mentioned in the first post covering this football game, there are three high schools in the West Chester Area School District. Of these, Henderson was the first. Back in the 1920s, when Samuel Barber wrote the Alma Mater that is currently used by all three of the West Chester high schools, he attended the only high school in the district, which is now known as West Chester Henderson High School. As @cmp2020 noted in his post analyzing the Alma Mater, if you have seen the movie, Platoon then you are familiar with some of Barber's other work.

As visitor, Rustin's band played before the football game, and Henderson, the home team, played at half time. If I'm not mistaken, this year Henderson's band was the biggest that I've seen. We were seated on the "visitor's side", so hearing the performance was difficult, but the parts we were able to hear sounded great and the band looked sharp. Unfortunately, since the bands play towards the "home side", I also couldn't get the best photos, especially with a cell phone camera, but the following section contains a few of the best images that I managed to capture.

It is a Rustin tradition that the band plays the Alma Mater at the end of every football game, and apparently that's a Henderson tradition, too. I have to say it was a little disconcerting listening to the Rustin band starting their rendition while Henderson's was still in progress on the other side of the field, but once the music started on Rustin's side, I couldn't hear Henderson any more, so I assume it was the same on the other side, too. A video of Rustin's band playing the Alma Mater follows the pictures of Henderson's show.

Henderson Band on the Field

Unless otherwise noted, all images are original photos from an LG-G4 cell phone.

Most of the band in starting formation

Flags and Percussion

Even though it wasn't raining, you can see water forming on the field from the dew. That made for some slipping and sliding on the field during the second half of the game. Sadly, that's it for the photos, I didn't have a tripod, so wayward hand motion was amplified by my distance from the field, and most of the photos I took came out even blurrier than the ones above.

West Chester's Alma Mater

Here is the youtube video with the Alma Mater. As you can see, the football team and cheering squad remain on the field & track until the Alma Mater finishes.


Just for the sake of completeness and in case readers missed the first two posts, I must note again that in addition to all the band activity, the Golden Knights Football team notched their first W of the season, so congratulations to the football team!

That should wrap up the posts from the Henderson game. This Friday (Sep 7), Rustin will face West Chester East, the other of the three West Chester High Schools, and since we're visiting, I guess the band will probably be on the field at 6:35 again. If you're in South Eastern PA, stop by for some football and marching.


Here is an embedded video of Barber's Adagio for Strings, which was mentioned in the "Introduction" section.

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