Marching band host middle school clinic
Wendy Guzman, Reporter
the Marching Chiefs visited Wilson Middle School for their annual middle school clinic this past Tuesday.
“Every year as a marching band and we go over to Wilson and we do kind of a preview concert of our fall festival,” band director Mark D’Angelo said. “It’s also like it’s the marching band performance, so we’re putting on display everything that we’ve done as a marching band program.”
As well as their performance, the marching bands gives the middle school band members an idea of what high school band is like.
“What we’ve started to do for the last few years is go there during the eighth grade band and seventh grade band hours and we give them an up close personal view of kind of our worth ethic so they have an understanding going into planning to be a high school band member,” D’Angelo said.
During their visit, the band got the opportunity to show the eighth and seventh grade bands what their practices are like.
“We let the kids check out each section of the band, being percussion, the winds, and the color guard,” junior mellophone player Carter Coyne said.
D’Angelo and the rest of the marching band look forward to this yearly event and being able to showcase their hard work.
“It’s always great because everytime we go over there we’re putting on display everything we’ve worked hard to achieve and it’s always received well,” D’Angelo said. “The entire student body seems to really enjoy the marching band performance.”
Reaching the middle schooler is an important part of this clinic and gets them thinking about being part of marching band in high school.
“It may make band kids want to do it, like i didn’t know that marching band had competitions until my freshmen year,” senior clarinet player Kinsey Ruffner said. “Like other sports most people know what’s going on but marching band is a different kind of activity.”