The Westhill High School Marching Band is back in formation. And the group is getting a head start before school begins at this week’s band camp.
“The camp is the opportunity for us to put our show together,” says Band Director Michael Wyatt. “This year our show is Jekyll and Hyde, it’s music from the musical version of Jekyll and Hyde.”
“This band camp time is probably when we get the most done,” says Jacob Hardman, drum captain. “It’s basically an introduction to the whole season and it sets the tone for the whole season.”
Wyatt says there’s a lot to be excited about this year.
“The marching band has seen about a ten percent increase over last year’s enrollment, he says.”
“It’s exciting and it’s important because it shows that the middle schools and the elementary schools are really fueling the music program which is something that’s been dwindling,” says Jack Houtz, drum major.
“Bigger sound, more hype, a lot of activity, people are more energetic and more enthusiastic about the program itself,” says Leila Polo, color guard captain.
“We’re going to be playing at Met Life Stadium in the middle of October and we’re gong to National Championships again like we did last year,” says Wyatt.“Last year we came in tenth place in the country and we won best percussion in the country.”
Band members agree that this year will be a successful one.
“It’s only the second day but we’re leaps and bounds ahead of where we were last year,” says Mac Ira, assistant drum major.
“It’s very surprising to see new people come in and learning so quick,” says Polo. “This might be the best marching band I’ve been a part of yet.”
Wyatt says, “It teaches them valuable life skills,” says Wyatt. “So many things that go beyond just notes on a page and marching around on a field.”