Hard Work Pays off for Marching Wolverines

Most fall sports start practice late in the summer, but marching band members start at the beginning of August and practice ten hours a day.   They are the fall’s unsung heroes, and all of their hard work recently paid off when the band won several awards.

The Marching Wolverines recently placed third at James Madison University’s Invitational tournament, and they received a second place at the state’s AAA divisional tournament.  The band also received a superior rating, which is the first in Woodgrove’s history.

Beginning this year, eighth graders from Harmony Middle School were also allowed to participate in the marching band.  This has increased the band’s numbers so they were able to do a more difficult show featuring the music of Billy Joel.

“Now when they come into marching band as freshmen next year, they will have one season of experience behind them,” Band Director Bill Strickler said.  “Hopefully, by sharing their experiences at the middle school, there will be others who will wish to be a part of the marching band.”

Be sure to read more about the Woodgrove Marching Band in the December issue of The Outlander.