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.
“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
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.”
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.”
If the author was ever talented enough to be in a Marching Band they would know that Marching Bands (especially competitive ones) do THEMED shows. This band's theme was music from the Russian Era of Revolution... (By the way beautiful music).
People need to stop attacking everything that they see as "scary" it's getting pathetic.