A Google form was sent out to participants in the Washington Marching Festival, asking for their opinions on the parade that occurred on Saturday, Oct. 5th.
The parade started on W. Main Street at 8:30 in the morning. Being the first high school band in the parade, New Haven stepped off at 8:35, and turned right onto Jefferson Street. The Shamrocks then marched down to Dairy Delight, and turned left onto E. Eighth Street. The parade ended in the WHS parking lot. The band marched just under a mile in the parade.
When asked how they thought the band had performed overall, Matthew Otten, junior low-brass, stated, “I believe the low brass were very strong, but still need to work on some things.”
Casey Baker, junior drum major, commented, “I thought we kept trying even though [we felt] we didn't do well.”
The participants were then asked what the band could most improve on for the future. Adam Homeyer, sophomore trumpet, responded, “I think the band needs to improve on fixing its foot phasing and staying in step.”
Matthew Otten said, “The band needs to improve on stepping with the heel to get rid of some phasing that we have.”
When asked if there was anything that the participants thought their individual sections could improve on, the general consensus was that the band needs to play louder.
Good job to the marching band so far, and good luck to them in the future.