Three-year champion West Deptford Marching Band completes most successful season yet

By Cassidy Bethke '15

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The 2012 West Deptford Marching Band season came to a close Saturday, December 8th, finishing off a very successful year. The band attended the championship states football game on Saturday, playing pep songs to cheer on the team and performing their 2012 field show “Expressions of Elegance” at half time. The half time show was the bands last performance of the field show that they had worked incredibly hard on for months.

But it all started back in May when the 2012 season first began. May 1st was the kick-off for the new season in which old members of the band met up with potential new members to go over all the basics of what exactly marching band was. In the next few rehearsals, the band members prepared for their performance in the local Memorial Day Parade. The parade was extra special this year because it was the first time in the band’s history that they had over 100 members marching.

After reaching that landmark, the band members threw themselves into difficult and draining summer practices where they really got a feel for what marching band at West Deptford High School was like. They attended Day Camp from August 6th to the 9th, followed by Band Camp from the 12th to the 16th. These two weeks were crucial in the season, for it is when the students learned all about their 2012 field show and worked extremely hard to put it together.

The band went on to perfect and then perform their field show at football game half times and then in Tournament of Bands Competition. West Deptford was in very close competition with the Deptford High School Marching Band throughout the whole season, but the band remained the undefeated champions until South Jersey Championships.

At Clearview High School on October 21st, the Marching Band lost to Deptford. The scores were close, a 94.0 to a 94.7, but it was a loss nonetheless. The loss, however, motivated the students to work their hardest in preparations for Atlantic Coast Championships the next week.

On October 28th, the West Deptford Marching Band performed at the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championships in Hershey, PA. The members had to fight through the beginning of Hurricane Sandy, but they did go out and performed their hearts outs at the competition. West Deptford came in first place with an incredible score of 97.65, the highest in the band’s history, and won awards for best brass, woodwinds, music, visual, and, for the first time, auxiliary. It was the band’s third ACCs win.

This year the band also had the unique opportunity to compete in the USSBA Nationals competition in the Metlife Stadium. The band came in 6th place, which was a great honor considering the amount of bands in attendance from all over the country.

Members of the band worked extremely hard on their field show this season and acquired amazing results for that work. The band continued to perform at halftime football game shows and participated in two Christmas parades.

The members absolutely love what they do, and despite the hardships, they wouldn’t change one minute of the season. “It was a difficult season, but we all pulled together to make it work for the best, and I am really glad I was in the band for my senior year,” senior Erika Sprague said.

Everyone in the band was pleased with their accomplishments, and it was especially rewarding for the freshmen who got to win their first ACCs. “Winning Atlantic Cost Championships was so cool. We had a tough season, and we had to perform in a hurricane. Winning was just the most amazing thing after all of that,” freshmen Viscount Martin said.

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Three-year champion West Deptford Marching Band completes most successful season yet