By Ashley Kaplan
The Walled Lake Central Marching Band’s successful season is just now coming to a close. After performances at football games and several competitions, the season finally ended with States and a performance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York.
The Marching Band competed at the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA) State championships at Ford Field on Saturday, November 7. The band took the field and had an amazing performance. “Our kids performed their hearts out and gave a stellar performance. I was moved to tears and that hasn’t happened in a couple of years. They gave everything they had and were amazing,” band director Dave Rogers said.
The ending had everyone in tears. A tarp was pulled over the band and flashlights were turned on and off to symbolize the stars, in keeping with the show’s theme, “When I Look Up.”. The crowd went wild. “When the tarp got pulled over, I looked to the person lying next to me and we both smiled and had tears in our eyes,” junior Megan Stump said.
The band took second place, “I felt proud that we got second place. We spend so much time and effort into this show, I’m very happy with the outcome, it really paid off,” freshman Mariah Guardiola said.
When States ended, the band switched their focus to the Macy’s Day Parade. The band had a tough decision to make, either they would compete at Nationals or go to Macy’s. They decided to not compete at Nationals in order to focus on the Macy’s Parade.
The band left for New York on Sunday, November 22. One hundred and ninety-three students in the band, a large number of parents who were chaperones, and. Principal Chuck Morgan all made the trip. There was a total number of over 500 people that went.
They drove through the night, and reached the “Big Apple” early the next morning. A lot of sightseeing kept all of the kids and their parents busy. On Monday night, the band attended a pep rally for the parade.
Practice continued in New York. Early Thursday morning the band practiced before the parade. Finally, at 10:46 a.m., the band was on national television performing their show at the end of the parade. “It was a once in a lifetime experience, everyone grew closer as a family.” sophomore Lauren Goff said. That night, the band had Thanksgiving dinner together aboard a yacht.
On Friday, the band performed their show, “Firebird” which was based on the 2010 marching band’s show “Phoenix Rising”, in Central Park. After all the fun and festivities were over, the band re-boarded the buses and returned to Walled Lake Central on Saturday, November 28. “Every single thing that we succeeded in doing was well deserved from all of our hard work, and after New York we are all more bonded, and it was a great way to celebrate the end of a great season,” senior Tara Geoffrey said.