East Ramapo Marching Band
The East Ramapo Marching Band is directed by Gerry Davis DeDevitis, as of August 2015, while Michael E. Smith is the East Ramapo School District Director of Fine & Performing Arts. Previous Band Directors: Michael E. Smith, returned as director for August 2014 - June 2015. Tom Kane from August 2013 - June 2014 and Dr. Deborah C. Hodge from September 2012 - June 2013.
The band began in 1984 by Band Director Michael E. Smith as the Spring Valley High School Marching Band. In 1988 the band became the East Ramapo Marching Band for the entire East Ramapo School District. He was director until June 2012.
The band has appeared in competitions, football games, basketball games, parades, special events, Ramapo Town Hall television broadcasts, etc.
A special excitement comes from the band's performances and appearances. Their energy and style is infectious.
East Ramapo Marching Band Parents Association
The East Ramapo Marching Band Parents Association (ERMBPA) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit who work closely with the band. The ERMBPA raises funds (and all efforts go directly to the band members) for:
- uniform and equipment replacements not provided by the school district
- scholarships for graduating seniors
- snacks/meals, water and other necessities for band members during football games, parades, competitions, and other performances
Additionally, the ERMBPA chaperones band appearances and trips. The Band Parents provide other support as well, including the maintenance and costs of this website. The crew for moving equipment often includes Band Parents.
Parents of the band members are always welcome to join the ERMBPA.