by Robert Perales, A&E Editor
The WHS marching band completed their 2012 season at the Marengo Settler’s Day competition on Oct. 7th with a first place finish, marking the first time the WHS marching band has had an undefeated season since 2009.
“It felt amazing to win each competition and go undefeated. The feeling is so thrilling when you hear WHS name called during award ceremonies.” Kylie Gember, senior, said. “I would hold my breath every second just waiting, and when we were finally called for first place, I was so relieved and excited.”
Not only did WHS place first for the fifth consecutive time in class AA, they also received the honor of Grand Champion at the competition.
“The final competition was about as nerve wrecking as any other, but when they finally called ‘Wheeling’ as the grand champs, I don’t think I was as surprised as last year. We’ve definitely gotten better, and I knew our last competition would be our best yet. We earned that title,” Xavier Bravo, sophomore, said.
Maria Castillo, senior, attributes the success of the WHS marching band to the dedication and hard work they put into each performance.
Aside from winning first place in class AA and overall grand champion, WHS also took home a wide array of awards: best drum majors, best color guard, best percussion, best brass, and best woodwind.
“I don’t think the honors were a huge surprise because our band works really hard, which pays off. When you work hard, people notice and that is exactly why we got so many awards this year,” Castillo said.
Although the competitive season has come to an end, Castillo was proud of the accomplishments WHS has reached.
“The only other year we were undefeated during my time at WHS was my freshman year, so being undefeated my senior year is just unbelievable,” Castillo said. “I’m so proud to call myelf a member of the WHS marching band.
The WHS marching band will venture to Disney World during spring break to perform its routine. Around 80 members of Marching Band plan to attend the performence.