Seed & Feed Marching Abominable heats up Piccolo Spoleto's family day

Colleen Goidel of Seed & Feed Marching Abominable swinging to the music.

The heat rocketed to its peak when Seed & Feed Marching Abominable stormed Marion Square with their noon parade for Piccolo Spoleto's family day on Saturday.

The wild band energy was contagious. Adults and children wiggled and shimmied to the explosive numbers, bursting with laughter.

Harking from Atlanta, Seed & Feed Marching Abominable formed in 1974 and has been performing in Piccolo Spoleto for over 20 years. This year marks their 40th anniversary.

The band is a mix of instrumentalists and dancers from all age groups.

"I love our theme 'Sing, Sing, Sing,'" said Steve Klug, a 64-year-old trumpet player who has been in the band for four years. "It's a swing piece, and what we like to do most is swing."

Some band members were stationed around the performing group to make sure the excited crowd didn't get in the way of the musicians. They danced and entertained the audience, keeping them behind the invisible line.

Betsy Abrams, 57, has been part of the team for three years.

"I make up my own dance moves all the time," she said.

The band was decked in outrageously flamboyant outfits, rainbow-colored glitter headgear and dazzling accessories. Crowds were already taking pictures and videos as the players tuned their instruments.

Greg and Cindy Rose came from Atlanta to see Seed & Feed Marching Abominable. They were excited to be at Piccolo Spoleto's family day and especially liked the band's rendition of "The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Phillips Sousa, they said.

Bass drummer Rich Goidel said the band performs an essential service.

"We get to bring a lot of joy and fun to lots of people and play music at the same time," he said. "I don't think there's anything better than that in the world."

Olivia Yang is a Goldring Arts Journalist from Syracuse University.