Wolverine Band Gears Up for State Year


Cassi Furr

Wolverine band practicing new drill.

Jenna Bridges, Writer

Director of the Wolverine Band Daniel Barber thinks this year is a perfect year for a patriotic show. It’s been 20 years since the tragedy of the 9/11 terrorists attacks, so it’s a great time to do a patriotic show. Being a year where the bands has the opportunity to advance to state, Mr. Barber feels that this serious show will help the Wolverines succeed. 

Drum major junior Katie Clayton likes and supports the patriotic show that the Barbers picked this state year. 

“I like the show, I do,” Clayton said. “This show shows that we’re really here to support everyone that was affected by it.” 

Although the band is struggling with their marching, Mr. Barber thinks that they are doing very well so far with their playing. 

“Right now, the playing is really good, they’re playing well,” Barber said. “The marching is a little bit behind but that’s mainly because about two-thirds of the band are 8th and 9th graders.”  

Although being a drum major is fun and Katie loves helping people, she also thinks it’s a huge leadership role.  

“It’s a lot of leadership roles and you know honestly it’s a lot of fun,” Clayton said. “I enjoy being able to help people not just you know the woodwinds, but between the new marchers and even the Barbers when they need it.” 

Even though band can be a handful, she anticipates that all the hard work and late practices will all be worth it in the end. 

“During late night practices, the kids tend to get very tedious but once you get out there you have so many laughs, it’s not always just band, band, band,” Clayton said. “I hope it is worth it in the end.” 

Mr. Barber is assertive that The Wolverine Band will do great this year. 

“I have every confidence that they will be able to do it, and get to where they need to be.” Mr. Barber said.