Congratulations are in order for a number of our band students. These musicians were invited to participate in a couple of events this past weekend that focused on enhancing their skills, learning new music under an extremely tight deadline, culminating in performances at the end of the weekend.
Under the lights of Dad’s Stadium, before the fight begins for that grand win. Our Panthers versus their team, our band versus their band. We are in it to win it. This is what we train for, what we spend hours a week preparing for, what we put our blood, sweat, and tears into; the highlight of our week.
It all starts with the wave of a hand and a very distinct chant. The lights illuminate the field, the stands are packed, adrenaline is rushing through everyone’s veins as battle time arrives. Suddenly, the chant crescendos, “SWANG!” they scream until their voices crack.
Baritone player, P.J. Whitaker, visited his grandma in Green Bay, Wisconsin every summer. His nickname for her was Grandma Cheesehead and she called him Popsicle Breath. P.J. loved eating fried cheese curds, butter burgers and booyah when he made the trek with his mom back to her hometown. Grandma was always eager to hear how P.J. was doing in school and especially in the band. Grandma played the clarinet when she was in high school and music was near and dear to her heart.
Walking towards the stadium for the first time this season it was hard to believe there are only two weeks until the first game. I came down to the school, like many other band parents, to enjoy the Parent Preview of this year’s show. I passed a group of students talking and laughing while surrounding the Kona Ice truck in a bid to be the next one for a well-deserved refreshing treat. As I got closer to the stands I could easily hear Mr. Dell over the speaker and I could see students in blue and students in purple rehearsing their steps. I was searching the field for my child and realized all I needed to do was look for the cluster of pink. There she was, in the stands, enjoying her own Kona Ice, sitting in the midst of her fellow trumpeters, all in pink. The color coordinating helps the section leaders quickly and easily locate their team. The colors are also used in other areas such as the uniform room to help keep the uniforms organized by section which allows for less chaos on game days. Whether the kids realize it or not, the colors also help foster a sense of community and pride (Go Pink!). After saying hello to my daughter I took my seat and waited for her and her troupe to take their places.
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Wilson Middle and Plant High Schools Share the Stage on Pre-MPA Jazz Night
On a night that served as a rehearsal, of sorts, for the upcoming MPA next week, both schools were able to practice their chops in front of an appreciative audience at the PHS auditorium. Both bands played extremely well.
Due to apparent conflicts with the auditorium at Plant, this year’s Veteran’s Day Concert was held at Robinson High School. As it so happened, The RHS Marching Knights also had their Fall concert scheduled for this evening. No problem. We can fit. And we did.
As the name of the concert implies, tonight’s concert was a salute and tribute to our Veterans, as well as all military personnel, past and present.