Newcastle Days is Sept. 11-12

September 9, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 9, 2015

The city’s premier summer event is stretching to two days this year. Save the date for Newcastle Days, Sept. 11-12.

The day before the main Sept. 12 festival, the city will host “Broadway at Boren,” a theater production on the stage at Lake Boren Park that starts at 7 p.m.

The next day will kick off at 10 a.m. with a small parade featuring bands, dance troops, cheer squads and Scouts as they make a loop through the park.

The celebration will see the return of old favorites, including the car show, and displays from Newcastle Trails and the Newcastle Historical Society, as well as the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s beer and wine garden. Read more

Hazen marching band is back after more than 30 years

September 1, 2015

NEW — 6:15 p.m. Sept. 2, 2015

When Chris Coy interviewed for a teaching position at Hazen High School several years ago, it was clear administrators were looking for someone with a particular set of skills.

“The first question they asked me was what did I know about marching bands,” Coy, now the school’s director of bands and orchestra, said.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Hazen High School senior Devin Dolling plays the drum at an Aug. 18 preseason practice of the school’s new marching band.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Hazen High School senior Devin Dolling plays the drum at an Aug. 18 preseason practice of the school’s new marching band.

Coming from Ohio, a mecca for marching band enthusiasts, Coy knew quite a lot. In addition to marching himself in high school and college, he also taught students to march and play. Read more

Hazen brings back marching band

June 4, 2015

Hazen High School will reinstitute its marching band program in the fall thanks to contributions from parents, students, staff and the community.

An anonymous donor pledged a $2,000 matching gift if band students could raise $2,000 by the end of the school year.

Highlander band students, under direction of band and orchestra teacher Chris Coy, met the goal through a breakfast fundraiser at Applebee’s, online donations from parents and the public, and other means.

Coy will use the funds to purchase a sousaphone, marching French horns, marching baritones, uniforms and more. Students will begin practice during the summer and be ready for performances at parades and field shows. Read more