Band Beginnings and Band Ends
With the end of the year approaching, many organizations are tying ends not only for this year, but for the line up for next year. Band had its elections this past Monday and many new leaders are stepping up to the plate, filling positions such as Band President, Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Captains, as well as Drum Major. The 2018-2019 Drum Majors will be Conor Donihoo and Caroline Piskurich. Band members go through 4 days of auditions to see who will fit each of the many jobs in the band, even though the Band Directors are considering people for different positions all throughout the year. Leadership is an essential part in band to keep it running throughout the years, as younger students rise to take the place of the role models before them.
One of the Band Directors, Mr. Robert Littlefield, is retiring this year. LIttlefield has worked at Stratford for only four years but has worked all across the state, leading bands to success time and time again. This leaves an open position as Assistant Band Director, and leaves the band waiting to know who will take Littlefield’s place.
With the new marching season on the horizon, starting July 30, next school year’s marching show has been announced. The marching show will be Persephone, a show featuring Mussorgsky’s “Night On Bald Mountain” and parts of “Pictures at an Exhibition” as well as Holst’s “Jupiter”, from The Planets. The Band Directors chose Persephone for a more classic approach to marching, as 2018 is a year the band has a chance to go to state in UIL competition.
As the band season starts in the summer, incoming freshmen are being prepared for the seven hour rehearsals in the summer heat. The rising freshmen will come to Stratford on Wednesday and Thursday of finals week, May 30 and 31, to learn the basics of marching. Current band members are excited to welcome them, as the band’s head count will rest around 140 people.
Look out for the band during halftime next football season!