When to Watch Second To None Liberty High School Grenadier Band

Second to None premieres live on PBS39 September 7th at 7:00pm. A repeat of the program will be at 8:30 p.m.

 

Second to None

Most high schools have a band, but few can compare to the Grenadiers, the locally revered, world-renowned musical institution from Bethlehem’s own Liberty High School. Three hundred members strong, they wear red coats, brass buttons and bearskins. They perform for Presidents and Queens. In their arms, they carry sousaphones and bagpipes, but in their hearts, they carry tradition.

This PBS39 original production traces the history of the Grenadier Band from its beginnings in 1926 to present day and shares some of its most memorable moments in history including performing in President Truman’s inaugural parade, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Pasadena Rose Parade and at anniversaries of the Pearl Harbor Bombings. Meet three of the four directors in the band’s history, listen to alumni share their stories and hear from the students carrying on the tradition today as they march to the band’s motto, Second to None.