The HAHS Marching Cougars consist of students from grades 9-12 and perform outdoors and indoors throughout the school year in parades, competitions,community and holiday celebrations, and public concerts. The Marching Cougars travel each year as ambassadors of the Hazleton Area School District to perform in such places as Chicago, Boston,Toronto, and Florida, to name a few. They have, in recent years, performed in the Disney Magic Kingdom Electric Light Parade and on the steps of Our Nation’s Capital in Washington D.C. The members work hard on everything from marching skills, instrument technique, color guard technique, social skills, and team work. The group has earned many awards in Tournament of Bands Marching Competitions, Jazz Competitions, and was the featured guest Concert Band at Marywood University in 2013. Many students have also been recognized and accepted to perform by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, the National Association of Music Educators, TheTournament of Bands All-Star Marching Band, the Macy’s All-Star Marching Band,and the Pennsylvania Lions All-State Marching Band. Members have participated in the Luzerne County, District 9, Region 4, All State, All Eastern, and National band and orchestra levels.
TheHazleton Area HS Band Boosters are comprised of parents who volunteer in support of all the student’s activities. Their help alongside the HASD helps to provide the students with the resources needed for yearly success and achievement.
The group is under the direction of Joseph Stefanko, Melissa Lutz, color guard director, and Karen Supon, assistant color guard director, and Senior Drum Major, Leandra Stirling.