EMMAUS, Pa. - Emmaus High School's drumline can perform next year, despite an unapproved stunt in Bethlehem involving baby powder. The video went viral, but some found it to be chafing.
Drumline, part of the Emmaus band, performs in front of the student section at football games. During the Nov. 1 game against Freedom High School at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium, the musicians put baby powder on their drums to create a special effect as they banged out beats. The powder play was not approved by band director Ryan Harrington.
The powder got on the drums, of course, along with their uniforms and the track.
According to The Stinger, the Emmaus high school paper, the drumline's performances were suspended for 2020, though the musicians would remain in the marching band. The Stinger said a video of the performance posted by Barstool Sports has been viewed more than 100,000 times.
After Monday night's East Penn School Board meeting, Superintendent Kristen Campbell said the students have met with the band director, and the drumline will be allowed to perform next year. She did not say if any alternative penalties or duties were assessed. The powder issue did not come up during the meeting.
Emmaus lost the playoff game 42-21.
The stunt was reportedly inspired by the 2002 movie, "Drumline." In the film, Nick Cannon portrays a talented but rebellious college musician who objects to the conservative musical approach of his band leader.
Several band members attended the meeting in uniform, but not to discuss baby powder. Drum majors Laura Baxter and Caitlin O'Brien thanked the board for a new $12,000 covering over their snack bar. The district's support allows the band to focus on developing musicians instead of raising additional money, they said.