Marching Band Hits the Field

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The WWHS Marching Band, under the direction of Dan Krueger performed their 2012 field show, ‘Odysseus’ on friday. School administrators and staff enjoyed a noon performance, and parents had their own 6PM performance on Whitman’s turf field. Director Krueger spoke to the audience about the epic Greek Legend in which the performance is based. 

“The opening horn calls introduce Odysseus' theme. Fanfares herald the Greeks' victory over the Trojans and the beginning of Odysseus' journey home.  The tumultuous end of the first movement brings us to the Isle of Calypso, where Odysseus is trapped for seven years. The constant "tick-tock" effect symbolizes the passage of time on the island, where Odysseus is tempted to remain forever. However, he ultimately desires to return home to his family. His sadness and longing are heard in a baritone saxophone solo. The ballad builds to an emotional climax, ending with a pensive trumpet solo accompanied by the front ensemble. The closing movement chronicles the final leg of Odysseus' journey as battle breaks out on the field, pitting section against section. The show concludes with an exciting recapitulation of Odysseus' theme."

You can see the Marching Bands performances at competitions and football games throughout the fall.