Strike Up the Bands!


A record-high 19 high school and univesity marching bands will keep the evening booming in pursuit of a trophy and prize money during the 2016 QVC West Chester Christmas Parade. The Chamber is happy to welcome back Univest Bank and Trust Co. as the sponsor of this popular element of the parade.


Participating bands include Downingtown High School Marching Band, Pennsbury High School Marching Band, Henderson High School Band, Rustin Golden Knights Marching Band, Daniel Boone High School Marching Band, A.i. Dupont High School Marching Band, Wissahickon High School Marching Band, Jackson Liberty High School Band, Octorara High School Marching Band, Springfield High School Marching Band, Cardinal O’hara High School Marching Band, Easton Area High School Marching Band, Central Bucks – South High School Marching Band, West Chester East H.S. Marching Band, Methacton High School Marching Band, Bishop Shanahan Marching Band and Cheerleaders, Marple Newtown High School Band, Pottsgrove High School Band, and West Chester University Marching Band.

“Univest Bank and Trust Co. is proud to sponsor this year’s band competition and get involved in this favorite holiday tradition in West Chester,” said Julie Sommese, senior vice president of Corporate Banking for Univest Bank and Trust Co. “In addition to being a sponsor, we’re adding a social ‘Fan Favorite’ contest to this year’s band competition with the winning band receiving an additional $500. The contest will run through December 2 (details will be posted here when available). We invite you to vote online for your favorite band and help us recognize the outstanding talents of these young musicians.”

Three professional judges evaluate the bands on music execution, music general effect, marching style and presentation, and use of color. Participants will vie for more than $5,000 in prize money with the Grand Champion awarded $1,200. Winners will be announced at main stage (in front of the historic Courthouse) at the intersection of High & Market Streets immediately following the parade.

“The performances given by these tremendous high school bands is a testament to the perseverance and dedication of the students, their parents and band directors. We’re thrilled to present so many talented groups of musicians from all across the region” said parade producer Todd Marcocci.