Committing to Tradition: PHS visual ensemble members prepare for competition

Published 4:04 pm Monday, December 1, 2014

PHS Pantherettes with their choreographer and former Pantherette Stephanie Boyd--a 2008 PHS grad currently living and working in New York City.

PHS Pantherettes with their choreographer and former Pantherette Stephanie Boyd–a 2008 PHS grad currently living and working in New York City.

By CONNIE NOLEN / Community Columnist
While many PHS students were enjoying Thanksgiving break, PHS visual ensemble members were busy preparing for competition and this year’s Holiday Clinic and Showcase.
Complementing the Pelham High School Marching Tower of Power Band, the visual ensemble groups include the dance team, the color guard, and the majorettes.
These teams, along with the musicians delivered a stunning field show this fall.
Since the opening of Helena High, PHS has fewer members in their visual groups.
While the dance team, color guard, and majorettes have formed close bonds, they’re committed to including more students in the future.
Hoping to share the fun of visual ensemble with Pelham’s younger set, the current teams are hosting a holiday clinic and showcase at Pelham High School on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 11 and 12 from 3:30-6 p.m. with a showcase on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. for students from kindergarten through eighth grade.
All equipment will be provided and students will discover what it’s like to be a part of visual ensemble while learning routines and preparing for performances.
Chosen as Best in Class at this year’s regional Heart of Dixie Band Competition, these award-winning visual ensemble members will share their secrets for consistently delivering impeccable performances.
“We’re hoping the Holiday Visual Ensemble Clinic and Showcase will allow students to have fun and learn about activities they may never have considered before,” Pantherette sponsor Katherine Phillips said.
Having an engaging activity for children might also allow parents to attend to their holiday to-do lists.
In keeping with the holiday tradition of sharing joy, participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots to the performance Saturday night.
For only $35, participants will receive two days of instruction with a review before the performance Saturday night, a T-shirt and an experience with 21 Pelham High School visual ensemble members whose commitment, fun-loving spirits and joy are absolutely priceless.
All three feeder schools were given information to send home with students.
For more information, contact Katherine Phillips at or go to