Marching Warriors

It’s the sound of the season as the Waubonsie Valley High School band gets back in tune.

While their friends were working on their tans, they were working on their notes – starting with a fundamental camp in June.

“We have this analogy where we have a million dollar house but if it sits on a lot of sand it’s going to fall over,” said Sthitadhi Chakrabort, Senior Drum Major. “We want to have a solid foundation. That’s just marching and learning how to stand straight.”

The band uses the camp as a base to kick off their season that consists of competitions and performances including the halftime show at Waubonsie football games.

Before the marching warriors head onto the field, they perfect the fundamentals in here.

The Marching Warriors band room is where about 120 members of the group get together to perfect their sound.

“Its about music first and we want students to be developing and reinforcing good habits on their instruments, learning quality concepts as musicians and then that will translate into better performances on the field,” said Mark Duker, Fine Arts Department Chair.

To perfect those field performances all members must commit the notes and field movement to memory.

“Memorizing all your music for some people its really easy but for a lot of people it takes hours and hours,” said Tom Cassidy, Freshman Trombone Player.

The jump from a middle school band to the marching warrior’s line may be a big jump for the freshmen – but the upper classmen make it a point to help them succeed.
With that seniority comes musical knowledge, but also an appreciation for the friendships that came from those hours at band camp.

“I think I’m going to miss all my friends especially the ones that have been here with me for the past 4 years,” said Chakraborty.

The band has less than two weeks left to perfect their half time routine dreamland before their first game a feat they feel certain they will achieve.


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