2021 Tournament of Bands, Group 2, Open Class
Atlantic Coast Champions!
This season started with conversations about how to rebuild the band culture and provide the WD band experience under our "new normal." How do we introduce 2 full classes of students and parents to the robust schedule of competitive marching band? How does the organization get back onto its feet in a meaningful, rewarding way without diminishing the realities of where we are? The answer was to trust the process and our people.
The blessing here at WD is that we are surrounded by caring, thoughtful people. Our band parents executive board and our band staff are amazing, hard working people. This mission was clear - do it for the kids. We hoped that by just providing our traditional opportunities the program would rally and heal. Not only did we heal, we excelled.
Winning is good, but rising out of challenges like these to create another special chapter of this organization is an amazing accomplishment. Congratulations to everyone!
There are so many thank yous to go around...
=> Thank you to our band parents and alumni band parents who came out week after week to build, paint, and move our props and equipment!
=> Thank you to our volunteer truck drivers who get us to and from our events safely.
=> Thank you to everyone who went to Harrisburg to cheer us on!
=> Thank you to WDBP Board for organizing the tailgate lunch in Harrisburg!
=> I would like to thank our incredibly talented staff. Some staff members drive OVER AN HOUR each way for rehearsals! They are so committed to giving the kids the tools they need to succeed. Our staff is extremely caring, talented and committed to the program. They almost make me obsolete! So, to all of our WDMB staff, THANK YOU!!!!!!!
=> Thank you to everyone who has tirelessly supported the WDMB week after week this season.
=> Thank you to the WDHS Administration for their FULL SUPPORT!
MOVING FORWARD - While competitions and football seasons are complete, we still have a few upcoming events.
IMPORTANT! We must maintain our energy and attendance until the end. Students who do not meet these final performance obligations will not receive any band awards/honors. This is not the time for students to disappear. Every performance is important and every member is obligated to be in attendance!
1. Recording Rehearsal Tonight! Color guard will begin preparations for the Christmas parades.
2. Middle School Performance - TBD (most likely 11/23 during the school day)
3. Christmas Parade(s) - Saturday, 12/4
Wed. 11/10 - Recording Rehearsal 6p-8p
Wed. 11/17 - Parade Rehearsal #1 6p-8p
Tue. 11/23 - WDMS Performance (AM) tentative
Wed. 12/1 - Parade Rehearsal #2 6p-8p
Sat. 12/4 - Christmas Parade Performance(s)