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The fall season of 2023 looks to start an exciting year for the WGHS band. The Band “Beat the Drum” in Walnut Grove’s scrimmage vs. Wesleyan on August 10th and in the season opener against Jasper on August 18th.
by Cassidy Bailey and Dylan Calvo
The fall season of 2023 looks to start an exciting year for the WGHS band. The Band “Beat the Drum” in Walnut Grove’s scrimmage vs. Wesleyan on August 10th. The Band will help the Warriors on August 18th when they open the season vs. Jasper County at home. Many band members are eager to start and have worked hard to perfect their work.
The Marching Band Warriors have put in a lot of effort during band camp and after-school practices. While band camp was 10 days long for most, ColorGuard and percussion had an extra three days. The band and ColorGuard meshed together to be able to perform with instruments and have flags flying in the background.
The Band members are learning this year's show step by step, and are getting prepared for the first official halftime show this year, learning and memorizing the movements they need.
The band director, Ms. Merck was asked about the creation of the halftime show, Sherwood, this year. She said, “I listened to different shows but this one really struck me. I thought that it would fit the Walnut Grove Band.” The show is approximately 8 minutes long made up of 3 different music pieces including 3 movements of flag work. ColorGuard member Carlie Roberts (11) said, “I make sure I stay in time and focus on the move I’m on, so I don’t rush myself for the next one.”
During band camp sectionals they worked on it, taking it a couple of measures at a time and working that over and over again. The memorization of 3 different pieces of music can be quite challenging. Jethro Victome (9) says, “It can get tiring at times; the more you play, the easier it goes on.” Memorizing music takes time and effort.
Lucas Kinney, a senior, has been in band all four years. He relayed how it feels to be a senior in the band, “It feels really good. There are a lot of benefits to it.”
Everyone has their own special role in the show whether it be a small instrument or the Drum Major conducting the band from the front. Alyssa Menendez (11) responded with what she finds most fun about it, “I love being able to lead everyone in the band and being able to talk to everyone and get to know everyone better”
In the 2021-2022 season the marching band won second place in the silver division along with superior ratings in Band, ColorGuard, and Drum Major. 1st place in Class AA with Band, ColorGuard, and Drum Major. With 4 possible competition dates the band hopes to place with all superior ratings and in 1st place again.
The WGHS Band has a history of winning (via the WGHS trophy case). This leaves many to ponder: Can they repeat their past success?
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