School pride carried into the weekend for Roslyn students celebrating homecoming.
The Roslyn High School marching band was a part of it all, from the pep rally Friday afternoon to the parade Saturday and the varsity girls soccer game that afternoon.
Families of students marching and young children came out to watch the parade as it looped from Roslyn High School through the village.
“This was one of my best years because last year it was really hot, and the parade through Roslyn was pretty difficult to get through,” said Andrew Antenberg, a junior alto saxophone player and the marching band’s CFO.
The parade also included the color guard, cheerleaders, student government representatives, fire departments, police, younger students from the elementary and middle schools and Roslyn’s mascot, the bulldog.
High school students visit younger students at the other schools during the first half of the week to tell them about all of the homecoming events.
The marching band worked hard to bring the festive sound to the activities. It rehearses daily, drum major Andi Weiner said. Then, members miss their last two periods of class before the pep rally to warm up.
The weather rewarded them for their hard work. Three years ago when sousaphone player Jayna Kurlender was a freshman on the marching band, the parade got rained out. Last year, it was around 85 degrees, she said.
This year, a sunny day and light breeze made for a day that indicated that subtle transition from summer to fall.
Jarred Allen, a senior and the vice president of the Roslyn High School student government, helped coordinate the whole week of school visits and spirit days that ended with Friday’s pep rally.
“It was definitely challenging because it was a lot of moving pieces and you want to make sure it’s the best it can be,” he said.
Allen spoke at the pep rally and introduced the varsity soccer teams, his favorite moment from the week.
The school encouraged everyone to come out for the girl’s varsity soccer game Saturday afternoon. The team lost 4-0, but Allen still enjoyed it.
“It was definitely cool,” he said. “Even though the scoreboard wasn’t particularly in our favor, it was just cool to be with everyone from Roslyn to share their spirit.”