Whitman Marching Band Competitive Season Ends

Excerpts from an email sent to the Walt Whitman Marching Band Family from Director Dan Krueger:

I want to take a moment and congratulate the entire network of the Walt Whitman High School Wildcat Marching Band family on an amazing season that concluded with a 6th place score of 78.60 in a class of 11 bands at this years NYSFBC Championships at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY.

I have watched an amazingly dedicated group of students strive for both the very best as an ensemble, and more importantly, as individuals.  I have also had the pleasure of working with many parents and administrators who hold themselves to as high of a standard as the children we help raise, pitching in any way they can to help the program flourish.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of you; Without your hard work at learning your 16th note runs, perfecting the money toss in the color guard, learning an entire drum book in 6 days, helping hand out programs or 50/50 raffle tickets at the home show, driving the trailer all over the state (even through an on coming hurricane), or getting uniforms dry cleaned after a cold wet parade that all other bands failed to perform in, your dedication to this program has all payed off with a extraordinary performance in the Carrier Dome.

One moment that keeps playing over and over in my head these past few days needs to be shared with all. Watching our fearless students, holding their chins high, even though their eyes were filled with tears on having to leave early and not accept their trophy as we marched away from the dome, is a moment that I will hold close to my heart for as long as I teach.  Moments like that build character and makes me proud to be called the Director of this band.

For those that will be leaving us to continue on into the next stage of life after graduation in June, thank you for your loyal support and hard work, I hope everyone helped you leave this program with a sense of accomplishment and pride.  For those who will be back next year, rest up and practice hard in the off season!  

As we all enjoy the "off season" (who are we kidding, we are all counting down the days to July 9, 2013! [248 days!!!!] ) I want to share a few things with you.  First, a comment from the Judges.  Many of the judges we saw at the Dome, we saw much earlier this season.  All of them were amazed at how far you came, and at times, were so excited by your progress that they became speechless on the tapes.  That is a sign of a great performance.  The staff all agreed that the championship performance was by far the greatest show you put on all season.  Congratulations.   Also, please remember we will have two rehearsals for the St. Patricks Day Parade on March 5 & 7 from 6-8:30 with the Parade on Sunday March 10.

Finally, the overwhelming request for a spring training program has not gone unnoticed and will be addressed in future e-mails.

Congratulations, and I look forward to seeing you all soon.

With great pride,
Dan Krueger
Walt Whitman High School
Marching Band, Director