It was an incredible weekend for the Walt Whitman High School Marching Band as they trekked to Syracuse recently for the New York State Field Band Conference. The Band and Color Guard took 3rd place overall at the competition and we couldn’t be more proud of all they’ve accomplished so far this season.
The scoring system is based on 10 judges’ ratings across 6 categories and sub captions. Below is the breakdown of where Whitman’s Marching Band ranked out of the 7 total bands in their division. Walt Whitman placed first in 3 sub captions.
Field Music (1 Judge) - 3rd
Ensemble Music (2 Judges) - 1st & 1st
Overall General Music Effect (2 Judges) - 1st & 2nd
Field Visual (1 Judge) - 5th
Ensemble Visual (2 Judges) - 3rd & 4th
Overall General Visual Effect (2 Judges) - 3rd & 3rd
With a score of 84.2, Whitman finished on the podium (3rd or higher) for the first time since 2006. The first place band finished only 1.4 pts higher and the 2nd place band finished .7 points higher.
“I was thoroughly impressed with the marching band at Syracuse,” shared Assistant Superintendent and proud parent, Dr. Murphy. “Their poise and professionalism truly exemplified a high-caliber marching band program. The students were energetic and enthusiastic throughout the entire performance and I could not be prouder as both administrator and parent. It truly was the best performance of the season.”
This was a team effort from Band teacher Matt Hoffman's day program at Whitman and with the Stimson Marching Band feeder program run by Jen Schmelter. Without both of them, the Marching Band program couldn't have achieved what it did in Syracuse. The season comes to a close on Saturday, November 6th at Metlife Stadium.
Congratulations and best of luck to our talented Wildcat Marching Band!!