The Park Hill South High School marching band is currently preparing for the Bands of America (BOA) marching competition in St. Louis, Mo. The band is going to be performing the show “Earth, Together We Can Make a Difference.”
The band has been working tirelessly to complete and perfect the show in time for BOA.
“I think we’re well on our way,” said junior drum major Haley Wewers.
They have practice every other day during school and three hour on-field practices at Preston Field every Tuesday. Even before the school year had started, they had gone through weeks of preparing during summer band camp. Even through all the practicing, they still had room to improve.
“We need to work on volume in the music and visuals,” said freshman alto saxophone Sophie Schulze.
The band is not fully prepared for BOA yet, but still has a few weeks left to rehearse.
“We’re as prepared as we can be,” said assistant band director Katie Wagoner.
The freshmen of the band are being guided by the upperclassmen on what to expect from the competition. They are also being given advice on how to stay relaxed under pressure.
“I think it’s going to be fun, band trips always are,” said Wagoner.
While it is expected to be fun, it is also expected that there will be pressure.
“I think the freshmen should expect pressure but should learn to relax,” said Wewers.
One way to rid the band of pressure is confidence. Having confidence about how the band will do at BOA, impacts mindsets.
“I think we’ll place higher than last year,” said Wewers.
With a little more preparation and practice, the band will be well on their way to BOA, competing on Oct. 20-21.