October 3, 2013

Williamston High School Band wins 3rd place in WLNS 6 School Spirit Award

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By RuAnne Walworth
Williamston Post staff writer

Williamston High School’s Marching Band is putting on its best school spirit to compete and win WLNS 6 School Spirit Award.

“Winning this would be good for our program. We’re a smaller band so we have to put in more effort,” senior drum major Rebecca Manack said. “Different section leaders even have practices for their section completely on their own.”

According to the WLNS website, the band that wins the school spirit award will receive a two-hour clinic with John T. Madden and the entire instructional staff from Spartan Marching band, a cash donation from Marshall Music, trophy from Larry Cushion Trophies, transportation to an event from Dean Trailways and a bowling and pizza party at City Limits.

“I think it would be good for the band to work with the pros, it would be good experience for us…and the pizza is always good too,” senior drum major Rachel Shane said.

The band’s director, Lynn Kelsey, has overseen the completion of the school spirit video and was excited for the opportunity for her students to win. Kelsey has been Williamston High School’s band director for ten years, and a band director for 16 years.

“We had a good time creating the video for the competition. It was a little stressful since we did it during the first home game, which was also only the fourth day of class this year,” Kelsey said. “We ended up involving a lot of people in the community.”

This is the first time the marching band may have a chance to work with pros outside of the two exhibitions it performs at in Chelsea and Grand Ledge.

“Winning this is more about the legacy we leave. We’re seniors, we’re kicking butt and I love it,” senior drum major Dustin Stevens said.

“If we won, the money would also be very helpful in getting new uniforms. Ours are hand-me-downs from MSU’s marching band – some even from 1989.” – Dustin Stevens

The band hosts a scrap metal drive, among other fundraisers, to raise money for items such as new uniforms. Last year the band raised about $13,000, according to Kelsey. This years’ scrap metal drive will be held on October 26 and 27.

“The band is just one part of the school. There’s also the (football) team, the cheerleaders, the student section and parents and teachers,” Kelsey said. “So, we thought it would be great to involve everyone in the video. A point of pride is to show other schools what you do.”

Click here to see the band’s submission video.