Westfield Shamrock Pride - Marching Band
What Is Marching Band?
Marching Band is like a concert band, except that performers are outside on a football field. The band is split into four main elements:
The Hornline- brass and woodwinds
The Drum Line- rudimentary percussion
The Front Ensemble- all other percussion
The Color Guard- dancers, flags, rifles, and sabers
The show is usually around 8 minutes in length with a theme that tells a story. There are props and costumes that also convey the story. There are several ways to compete through competition circuits such as ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) and BOA (Bands of America), but there are many more throughout the United States and the world.
The WHS Shamrock Pride (WSP) is open to all WWS students in grades 8-12. We will compete in the ISSMA in Class A. The group is made up of advanced level WMS and WHS students.
The Shamrock Pride is a competitive ensemble much like any other sport. In order to be successful, students must be able to commit a large portion of time and effort to the program in and out of rehearsal time. It takes everyone’s commitment and effort to be successful. To “earn your dot” in the competition show it is mandatory for students to meet the attendance requirements outlined in the attendance policy.
WSP is a non-auditioned group for all wind players. Students that are interested in filling a percussion role will need to do a brief audition with Ebonie to determine placement in either the drumline or front ensemble. The color guard will complete a performance evaluation to determine weapon line placement.