Road to Ford Field
Marching Band qualifies for states
Emma Rankine, Business Editor
The Wyandotte Marching Chiefs qualified for state finals at Ford Field next Saturday, by earning a score of 85 at the Plymouth Canton show this past weekend.
“There were a few differences that affected our performance quality this time around. The weather has been getting quite cold and rainy,” senior drum major Ryan Reichow said. “All of that affects our overall sound and difficulty to perform various visuals and tasks, but our band has been handling it pretty well.”
The band went into the competition with high hopes for the outcome.
“I felt that we were all more focused and determined to get a good ranking in MCBA. The other shows this season have been good, but there is always room for improvement,” junior tenor player Carly Allen said.
Unfortunately, the band’s rival and only other Downriver band in MCBA, Southgate, scored one place higher than them.
“I expected to beat Southgate because their scores have been really low so far this season, but they must have pulled it together and had their best show,” Allen said. “They have been our biggest competitor for years now, all I want to do is beat them at states. I feel that if we stay focused then we can achieve that goal.”
Despite placing fourth, the band’s score of 85 was their highest of the year. Thanks to parent volunteers and other music department students in the prop crew, the show was performed at its full potential on Saturday.
“We [have been adding] more and more responsibilities on our student performers. This includes finalizing our "props" and choreography as well as the expressiveness of emotion put into the music,” band director Mark D’Angelo said.
The week leading up to states in crucial, and the band has many opportunities to make their show the best it can be before then.
“We have approximately four more rehearsals and a performance before the competition Saturday. We are going to work on our trouble spots in the show and just keep ironing out small details,” Reichow said. “This is a great show and the band knows that if they want to do well at states, they're going to have to keep their attention present and their readiness to learn as the top priority.”
The band will perform their show for the last time in Detroit on November 4 at 8:15pm for the state finals.