While their peers enjoy summer vacation and relaxing, the 72 students who make up the Hatboro-Horsham High School Marching Unit have been hard at work perfecting beats, marches, baton twirls and more to prepare for the upcoming season.
The program for this year is called "Two Households" and is a spin-off of "Romeo and Juliet," according to Hatboro-Horsham Marching Unit Director Tony Perez.
"In our telling of the story, we will present this classic and tragic tale from the view of the Houses of Montague and Capulett," Perez said in an email to Patch. "While Romeo and Juliet certainly are part of the story, our interpretation will center on conflict surrounding the 'star-crossed lovers,' rather than the love story itself."
This year will be the same as previous in terms of working to "challenge these young people to be the most skillful and effective performers they can (be) while focusing on teamwork, fundamentals, and commitment," Perez said.
"We don't talk much about the competitive aspect from year to year because we feel that if we are focused on the right things, the competitive part will take care of itself," he said. "This year's group is extremely strong and capable with fantastic senior leadership so we are hoping for another all around successful season."
If you go The Hatboro-Horsham High School Marching Unit will offer a parent preview night Saturday at 6 p.m. at Hatters Stadium. The informal performance will follow a typical full-day rehearsal and will not be in uniform.