Friday, July 14, 2006

Porterville Panther Band - The Fresno Bee

Panthers win top honors at parade

Porterville High band plays in East Coast locations; students tour historical sites.

By Esther Avila / Special to The Fresno Bee
Friday, July 14, 2006

PORTERVILLE — Nine days and nine states later, Porterville High School Panther Band members returned July 6 from their East Coast tour with several thousand dollars in awards under their caps.

The band won top honors at the Fairfax, Va., Independence Celebration parade — an honor that came with a $5,000 award...To read the story, click here.

Porterville High School band director Jim Kusserow walks by as drum major Miguel Soto conducts the band in front of the Fairfax, Va., Independence Day parade judges. Kusserow says he is proud of the band and says they represented the city of Porterville with "maturity and honor."


  1. Great articles! I'm sure I'll serve as chaperone a lot when my kids get older. I hope they get to go cool places like THAT!

  2. Thank you. Yes, being a chaperone can be challenging but fun. :)
    Band sure gives the kids a whole lot of opportunities for travel. IN January, we're going to the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena.