By Angela Sollima (17)
Practice, focus, and dedication have always brought us to the top. Performing music by Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Beatles, and Steve Miller Band, the Wethersfield High School Marching Band is coming at you with their 2016 Field Show called “FLY”.
This year's field show is dedicated to assistant director Mr. Ned Smith who unfortunately passed away this August. Mr. Smith was a very kind soul and was a true motivation to this band. He would always be there at every practice and would encourage every individual in the band to succeed. He was a kind-hearted, charismatic person and we will truly miss him.
The preparation and practice schedule has been pretty intense for every member. I spoke with a Wethersfield High School Marching Band member Brianna Platania about her opinion on our upcoming competitions and how well she thinks we have prepared to kick some behind this season.
“I would say the most exciting event happening this season is the fact that we will be going to Nationals this year. This is our senior year and I feel it would be a great way to end the season,” said Platania.
The schedule for the season is typically the same every year, but now will end later because we will be attending the USBANDS Nationals Competition on November 12th, 2016 at MetLife Stadium.
However, as orderly as they look on the field, behind the scenes at rehearsal is where they face most of our difficult challenges. Focus is the aspect that the band may lack the most at times, but we always manage to stay positive and spread good vibes throughout the band season.
“I feel that we need to work on helping separate individuals in the areas where they need the most help. If everyone steps up and realizes where others need the help, we will be able to succeed at a much higher level” Platania said.
Personally, the Band is like one big family. We are all such great friends and I wouldn’t have wanted to spend these four years of high school with anybody else. It just feels so great knowing how much we’ve progressed from August until now. Platania. said “I just honestly love being with my friends, which makes the experience ten times better. Also, having that feeling of accomplishment that runs through your body as the audience gives us such a great reaction, it’s awesome knowing that all our hard work has really paid off.”