While Marcus Whitman school officials and organizers of the Gorham Pageant of Bands look forward to the 56th annual event, they do so with some concern for its future.
In a letter posted on the school district website, Superintendent Jeramy Clingerman and members of the Marcus Whitman Band Boosters said while there are a number of bands participating this year, there has been a big drop overall, including groups marching in the parade that has earned Gorham the title of “The Bandstand of the Finger Lakes.”
Thirteen bands are scheduled to march Saturday.
“As a ballpark number, the number of bands has generally been the same the last six or seven years, but it’s far less than 15 years ago and beyond,” Clingerman said. “The number of jazz and concert bands attending is strong, but the number of marching bands is our greatest concern. That number is lower than any other year.