Alumni Band Marches Into People's Hearts

Alumni Band Marches Into People's Hearts

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At first glance, they look like any high school band coming at you. But it's not. This is the Heuvelton Alumni Marching Band. It has members age 18 to 71 and they're out there tearing it up with the kids.

“We went to the Morristown 4th of July parade and we had the best reception ever. It was awesome. It was amazing,” said Renee Palmer, Heuvelton Alumni Marching Band.

The Morristown parade was supposed to be it. But they keep getting invited to others. This week they got a big welcome at the Gouverneur/St. Lawrence County Fair.

“We thought we were doing one parade. Then it turned into … a three minute routine with one song turned into an almost eight minute routine with a ton of members,” said Palmer.

Everyone proudly wears their Heuvelton High class year on their sleeves. They're inspiring the young with their strong musical repertoire. And it goes beyond that.

The Heuvelton Alumni Band is about even more than marching and music. It's a living memorial to a man who inspired generations of students at Heuvelton schools.

That man's portrait is held aloft. David Poulton taught and led bands at the school for almost 30 years. He established Heuvelton High as a band powerhouse. He passed away last year.

“He had an effect on them, and their futures, and with music. They loved him dearly,” said Doreen Poulton, David's widow.  

The band also honored Doreen for her work with the high-school band through the years. You can see them next on September 2 at the Heuvelton Labor Day Parade. 

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