Marching Band Ends Successful Season

The marching band had 132 members this season.


courtesy of Windsor band parents

Leah Parsons, Staff Writer

Marching band season is officially over–from football games to intense competitions–2019 has been a great season for the Windsor High School Golden Brigade. 

The band has been helping increase the student body school spirit at football games for many years, and this year was no different.  

They played the traditional football game singalongs, from Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond, to Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne. The music and their performances, along with the cheerleaders and dance team, really help set the mood for the evening when watching a game. 

“Every time that we’ve gone out this year we have surpassed in a lot of ways where we were at this time last year,” band director Jacob Bubb said.  

This season marching band competed in five competitions: at Farmington, Fox, Washington, Fort Zumwalt North and at the University of Central Missouri. 

Percussion also competed in a competition back in August at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.

In all five competitions, marching band scored well and ranked above some of the most well-recognized schools in the area. 

This seasons show was called Cataclysm and it was based on the fall of Atlantis. The group also had a huge spike in membership this year. Going from 87 students to 132 (a 35% increase) this season greatly helped their show. 

“We just continue to sort of elevate what we’re doing,” Bubb said. 

This was Bubb’s second year of directing and he has seen the group progress jump leaps and bounds amazingly in this short time. 

“These kids have put a lot of time and effort and energy into this and we’re just really proud of what we’ve been able to put together over the course of all this time together,” Bubb said. 

Bubb enjoys the bonds that are formed in the band. 

“We go through a lot as a group together over the course of a marching season, just because we’re out when it’s super hot outside, we’re out there when it starts getting really cold,” Bubb said. “You really feel like a sense of belonging and it really feels like a family,” Bubb said. 

Carter Drew is one of many seniors in band who will be leaving next semester. He also plays the marimba in the front ensemble. 

“You just meet a whole new family and new friendships with everyone else that you’ve met over the past four years,” Drew said. 

Madison Morse is another senior from the group who highly recommends other students joining. 

“It’s really fun to be with a bunch of people who really enjoy just making music and, if you enjoy doing music, then try band,” said Morse. 

If someone wants to join the band but can’t play an instrument, then color guard is always an option that anyone can take. 

“You don’t have to have any experience like other sports. You just show up, we teach you everything and you could be a freshman or a senior and you can do anything that anyone else does,” Sammy Young said. 

Marching band  had a sucessful season this year and is ready for anybody wanting to join the award-winning group next season. 

“This year was a big transitional year for the band and I’m excited for the work we did this year, and really looking forward to what we’re going to be doing next season too,” Bubb said.