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School Marching Band Brandishes Large Hammer and Sickle — Why?

Pennsylvania School Marching Band Commemorates Russian Revolution With Hammer and Sickle During Halftime

(Photo: New Oxford High School Band via Fox News)

A Pennsylvania school marching band is under fire for a performance reportedly commemorating the Russian Revolution, in which they waved a large hammer and sickle during halftime.  Photos show the students wearing military-style uniforms, with bright red belts.

Todd Starnes wrote on the Fox News Radio website:

“St. Petersburg: 1917” [was] the theme for the New Oxford High School Marching Band [performance]. Ironically, the school’s athletic teams are called the Colonials and their colors are red, white and blue. The band’s website features a picture of the group with students holding a hammer and sickle.

“There is no reason for Americans to celebrate the Russian revolution,” said one irate parent who alerted Fox News. “I am sure the millions who died under Communism would not see the joy of celebrating the Russian revolution by a school 10 miles from Gettysburg.”

The parent, who asked not to be identified, attended a football last Friday night with his children. He said he was shocked by what he saw.

“It was Glee meets the Russian Revolution,” he told Fox News. “I’m not kidding you. They had giant hammers and sickles and they were waving them around.”

“Who thought this was a good idea?”  [Emphasis added]

But the school’s superintendent Rebecca Harbaugh insists the performance was “not an endorsement of communism.”  According to the school official it was a “representation of the time period in history called St. Petersburg 1917,“ and she is ”very sorry“ it was interpreted as anything other than a ”history lesson.”

Paul Kengor, author of “The Communist,” remarked: “The Bolshevik Revolution launched a global Communist revolution that from 1917 through the 1990s was responsible for the deaths of over a hundred million people…What the Russian revolution unleashed was a nightmare – a historical human catastrophe.  This is something that should be condemned and not in any way commemorated or laughed at.”

One parent equated it to unexpectedly seeing your children waving swastikas during a halftime performance, noting that communism has killed more people than the Nazis.

Gerson Moreno-Riano, the dean of Regent University’s College of Arts & Sciences, added for Fox News: “To raise the emblems of the hammer and sickle – the emblems of so much violence, destruction and terror – is a lack of knowledge of history.”

by on Sep. 24, 2012 at 5:54 PM
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imamomzilla
by on Sep. 24, 2012 at 6:50 PM
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 Some stupid liberal teacher thought glorifying communism was a good idea. pfft! And we wonder why kids are failing.

katzmeow726
by on Sep. 24, 2012 at 6:52 PM
Lol. Someone.obviously doesn't understand marching band shows....they are always themed. I am guessing they are doing Russian music?
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Mommy_of_Riley
by Just Jess on Sep. 24, 2012 at 8:19 PM
Awe! I saw other schools do the Phantom Music... So cool!

My favorite was my sophomore year we did the music of Beetlejuice. HaHa! Now that was fun!


Quoting Peanutx3:

Cool.  I have to say the Fall of Saigon was my favorite show.  One year we did the Phantom of the Opera.  That was fun also.

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

Yup! We did a show featuring Night on Bald Mountain (which is a Russian Composition based on Russian literature LOL).



We also did a STYX show. HaHa!




Quoting Peanutx3:

Good grief.  In high school we did a band show based on the Fall of Saigon.  It is a performance not a celebration.


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Mommy_of_Riley
by Just Jess on Sep. 24, 2012 at 8:21 PM
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That's right. It's a public school with an excellent music program enlightening and expanding the knowledge of their students.

Good for them!


Quoting PeeperSqueak:

Interesting.....but I'm not surprised. That's a public school for you..SMH

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Mommy_of_Riley
by Just Jess on Sep. 24, 2012 at 8:22 PM
The music of that era is BEAUTIFUL! Have you listened to any Russian composers from that time or Russian composers at all? AMAZING music.

Quoting imamomzilla:

 Some stupid liberal teacher thought glorifying communism was a good idea. pfft! And we wonder why kids are failing.

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jcribb16
by Primrose Foxglove on Sep. 24, 2012 at 8:28 PM
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They could have omitted the hammer and sickle, and slightly changed the uniforms, so as not to associate them with the revolution, but rather instead, include items and uniforms that were connected more to the music/composers themselves from that time era.  Common sense should have been used with that part of it.

Mommy_of_Riley
by Just Jess on Sep. 24, 2012 at 8:32 PM
I'm guessing some of you were never in band...

Getting an "oh my!" Or a "wow look at those uniforms!" Gets you POINTS.
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PeeperSqueak
by on Sep. 24, 2012 at 8:40 PM
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I agree.....it's not so much the music, it's the actions that are taking place.  If I was one of those kids parents I'd be really concerned as well.  Exactly what are they being taught by this ?

Quoting jcribb16:

They could have omitted the hammer and sickle, and slightly changed the uniforms, so as not to associate them with the revolution, but rather instead, include items and uniforms that were connected more to the music/composers themselves from that time era.  Common sense should have been used with that part of it.


Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on Sep. 24, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on Sep. 24, 2012 at 8:52 PM


tsk tsk

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