Equipped with a new director, new uniforms and a new field show, the Athens Area High School Marching Wildcats are ready for the 2013 season.

The 28-member band has been hard at work over school's summer recess, participating in a two-week band camp and several rehearsals to prepare for their coming performances, said new music teacher and band director Kendra Orcutt, who takes the reins this year from Devin Householder.

Orcutt, a Dec. 2012 graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, said she is looking forward to her first year with the school's music program and marching band.

The band will board a bus to Port Allegany today to debut this season's music at the football team's first away game, Orcutt said. This year's field show focuses on 1980s rock songs.

The band has held small rehearsals this week to put the finishing touches on their performances, Orcutt said. Students have also had the final fittings for the band's new uniforms, which were purchased earlier this year.

Rehearsals for the fun, nostalgic show have gone well - "so far, so good," Orcutt said. Songs include Starship's "We Built This City," Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" and Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It."

Orcutt invites the community to check out the Marching Wildcats when they make their season debut in Athens next week. The band will perform at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday in Teaoga Square to close out Athens Borough's summer concert series and will also play at the football team's first home game next Friday at Alumni Stadium.

Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: arenko@thedailyreview.com.