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The Voice of the Wildkats

Wildkat marching band, color guard head to area competition

Starting off soft and eventually erupting into a vibrant and powerful musical arrangement, the Wildkat marching band somehow takes you through a day of busy city life within minutes. 

After several months of practice and preparation, this past Tuesday, the Wildkat marching band won a superior rating at their UIL performance. They will now compete in area this weekend to potentially advance to state. 

“We did really well at our contest on Tuesday,” freshman Della Golec said. “There were some parts we could have done better on, but overall I think we had a pretty great performance.”

The marching show that the band is performing is way more than just a musical performance. Through the music, choreography and props, the band tells a story.

“Our show this year is titled ‘Rhapcity,’ and it’s basically about what city life is like,” sophomore Kevin Olafson said. “The beginning is like you’re waking up in a city, and it’s very calm. But then there’s a sort of rush hour and it’s all fast paced. And when you get to the night life, the performance comes alive with jazz, culture and the amazing people of the city.” 

The band is very motivated to make it to state this year, but they know that will take a lot of hard work and devotion. 

“We didn’t make finals at area last year, but if people are committed this weekend, I think we may have a chance,” junior Cassidy Rico said. “We’ll at least have a good performance.”

The marching band has spent hours of their time since this summer working on this show, and they still manage to do so many other things such as play at football games to support our school’s team. Going out this weekend to support them at their competition could help to show your appreciation.

“Our main goal this year is to improve from our show last year and raise the bar,” Olafson said. “We really hope to make it to state this year, and we’d really like it if people came to support our show this weekend at Galena Park!”

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Heather Carroll is a sophomore at Willis High School and is new to the newspaper staff this year. She is a member of the varsity treble choir and also participates in UIL competitions. Last year, she placed at district and made it to regionals in UIL Ready Writing. You can reach her at [email protected].
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