Winfield Pride Band makes history with a successful year

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 9:28 am

The Winfield Pride Band has a lot to be proud of this year as they made history receiving their highest finals placement ever at the Potosi Marching Band Festival and their highest score ever at the UCM Festival of Champions. The results for the season were: Mozingo Drumline Festival 9/8/12 – 1st place B Division with a score of 86.5; Tiger Ambush Classic 9/15/12 – 2nd place A Division with a score of 62.3, Captions:  Outstanding Winds, Outstanding Percussion; Sullivan Marching Festival 9/29/12 – 2nd place White Division with a score of 64.13, Captions: Outstanding Percussion; Valhalla Marching Festival 10/6/12 – 1st place A Division with a score of 64.425, Captions: Outstanding Percussion, Finals: 10th place with a score of 61.575; Potosi Marching Festival 10/13/12 – 1st place Class 3 with a score of 74.4, Captions: Outstanding Percussion, Outstanding Visual, Finals: 6th place with a score of 75.925; UCM Festival of Champions 10/20/12 – 1st place White Division with a score of 79.9, Captions: Outstanding Percussion, Outstanding Drum Majors, Outstanding Auxiliary, Indoor Percussion: 3rd place Black Division with a score of 89.5, Finals: 11th place with a score of 77.2.

“We are very proud of them. A lot of hard work was put into the marching season and they are great kids with good intentions,” said Kevin Lowe, Assistant Band Director and Percussion Director. “It was a great feeling to compete with bigger bands in the area and come out on top to show all the hard work that has been put into the season.”

Their music this year was called “7 Sins” and was based on the 7 Deadly Sins: Pride, Greed, Lust, Envy, Glutton, Sloth and Anger. 7 Sins was not only a well performed piece by the Winfield Pride Band, but it was also a great theatrical work as the band played and demonstrated each of the 7 Sins for the crowd.

“We never go out on the field thinking we are going to win, we just go out and try to do it better than the time before,” said Christopher Walter, Band Director. “Next year we look forward to continuing our excellence and teaching the new students to be great performers too. We are all looking forward to learning new music and practicing a new show for next year.”

Seven seniors will be moving on to college, while the rest of the band will continue to improve and step up into the leadership positions. With the help of the Band Boosters, students, alumni, parents and the hard work put in by the whole band, the Winfield Pride Band had a great year!

For more information on the Winfield Pride Band check out their website at www.winfieldband.org. There you will be able to see past videos, the recent first place Drumline performance, sponsor the band and check out their schedule of events.

Pictured is the Winfield Pride Band with their trophies from the year in their 7 Sins themed t-shirts. Those who participated this marching season were: Drum Majors: A. Laws, A. Moore; Flutes: S. Gordon, T. Dove, D. Harris; Clarinets: T. Neels, K. Johnson, M. Thompson, T. Hessling, A. Tomes, J. Owen; Alto Sax: L. Martin, H. Politte, B. Crossman, T. Nelke, C. Thompson; Tenor Sax: C. Hessling, B. Vanpelt; Trumpets: W. Pudiwitr, J. Bethel, B. Manor, M. Lomax; Trombones: W. Manco, J. Baumgardner, E. Hines, L. Thomas; Tuba: K. Rackley, C. Rackley; Battery: N. Dillard, G. Guthrie, J. Schenk, J. Burnsed, K. Lindsey, D. Orr; Pit: K. Wood, K. Schatz, P. Gould, Z. Sitton, M. Mayer; Auxillary: D. Swaringen, K. Swaringen, M. Houser, K. Holloway, B. Fitzsimmons; Staff: Christopher Walter - Director, Kevin Lowe - Ass. Director, Percussion, Zack Leake - Auxillary, Hugh McCulley - Tech, Megan Rackely - Tech.

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