by Robert Perales, A&E Editor
The WHS Marching Band began practices over the summer in order to prepare for the 2012-2013 season, and their first place finishes show how hard the Wildcats have worked.
“We have prepared for this season with countless hours of hard work and practice,” Sarah Rabin, senior, said. “Long days on the hot blacktop in early August are normal for us.”
The Wildcat marching band competed for the first time at Lake Park High School’s Lancer Joust on Sept. 8.
Cesar Mendoza, junior and trombone soloist, helped lead the Wildcats to victory. WHS took first in class AA and fourth overall.
“Coming into Lake Park, I didn’t expect for us to place in our class. We were going against some of the top marching bands in the nation,” Mendoza said. “Coming out first in our class really surprised me. It’s the best we’ve ever done; we keep improving every year.”
The following week, the marching band continued its success at the Wheaton competition, in which they also ranked a first place finish in class AA.
“Placing first at Wheaton was big deal because there was a lot of competition in our class,” Chelsie Coren, senior and drum major, said.
The early successes of the marching band at Lake Park and Wheaton have risen the hopes for WHS, but in order to maintain success, it plans to continue to work hard.
“We have to focus on getting better as opposed to winning,” Ronny Roth, junior and trumpet soloist, said. “Our success has given us a good confidence boost. I’m so proud to be part of the WHS marching band.”
WHS will host the Chicagoland Marching Band Festival on Sept. 22, followed by a competition at Prospect on Sept. 29.
Marching band plans to take its marching band parade routine to Disney World during spring break. Currently around 80 people are planning to attend.