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Marching band welcomes back fans in "sweet" fashion

August 21, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

Cherries and chocolates and citrus pies too, the Butler High School Golden Tornado Marching Band welcomed back its fans with its annual Pie Festival on Wednesday evening.

Spectators filled the stands at Art Bernardi Stadium where they grabbed one of more than 2,000 slices of pie, a scoop of ice cream and a drink. Proceeds, which include the $5 entry fee and a percentage of the 50-50 raffle, go back into the band program.

The band played their first song in their brand new uniforms on the field's brand new turf.

“Generally, it's our very first performance in front of people,” said Jeff Kroner, Butler's head band director.

Kroner said the pie festival is a decades-old tradition that is used to raise funds and is a time to prepare for the upcoming season.

Make sure to pick up a copy of Thursday's Butler Eagle for more Pie Festival photos.