Marching over competition
Max Skolnik, Reporter
The Wyandotte Marching Chiefs took first place at the MCBA (Michigan Competing Bands Association) competition at Livonia-Franklin High School this past Saturday, sweeping the caption awards for best visual performance, overall music effect, and best marching.
On Saturday, the band received the highest score of their season so far of an 84.700. Categorized as flight two, the band is currently second in the state and are competing to enter state finals where they would perform at Ford Field. The band has consecutively attended state finals since 2011.
“We’ve been practicing our music constantly,” senior flute Hannah Doute said. “I’ve also been helping out our new members a lot.”
The band’s show this year is entitled, “Chemistry”. Composed by Steve Martin and percussion by Aaron Hines, the band tells a story of how chemicals affect the Earth’s environment.
“The strongest part of this years show, I feel, is the jazz section,” senior drum major Ryan Reichow said. “The crowd starts rocking out to it, the students start rocking out to it, and it’s just a great part. Everyone loves it.”
Although a strong show, the band still has room to improve.
“I feel like overall we need to watch the drum majors more in the beginning. The timing wasn’t really where it should've been, even though we eventually got back together,” Doute said.
The drum majors who set the tempo agree that timing and tempo can be improved as well.
“The weakest part (of the show) would definitely be during part two after one of our tempo changes. We kinda lose tempo there and start tearing,” Reichow said.
With over 100 members in the band this year, over 30 musicians are freshman, many of them this being their first judged marching performance.
“I feel like the performance went very well,” freshman mellophone Isaac Bolton said. “We definitely have some goals that need to be met, but winning and receiving all the captions awards show we did amazing.”
With two guaranteed weeks left of their season, the band continuously works on cleaning their show, practicing for hours at a time.
“We run over all the problem spots Mr. D’Angelo feels is necessary. We keep running over them, ironing them out to make them look good,” Reichow said.
The band began practicing during the end of last school year, meeting multiple times throughout the summer to critique their music and marching, attending band camp at the end of August.