WTAP Band of the Week - Parkersburg High School

PARKERSBURG W.Va (WTAP)- The Parkersburg High School Big Red Band features an exciting halftime show for this season.

“Our halftime show consists of four tunes. The first one is ‘Gloria’, the second one is ‘It is Well’, the third is out percussion feature, and the last one is ‘Joyful Praise’. The first piece I picked which is the opener, it’s ‘Gloria’, it spoke to me. It just sounded like this is something we could do. This is newer and it’s still Big Red Band type of music, and the other two- everything else just fell into place as we went,” says band director Daniel White.

And the percussion break is a favorite among band members.

“My favorite part has to be the drum break just because it’s a cool part of the show where you get to showcase what the drumline can do and all of our skills. When I do that part I feel very excited because we get a great reaction from the crowd every time,” says Mackenzie Read, a senior member of the snare drum line.

As to be expected, members of the Parkersburg High School Band feel proud to wear red.

“We’re at every single football game, we march in the parades show for Parkersburg High School. It sort of just gives you something to be proud of. You can brag about it, say ‘Hey I’m in the Parkersburg Big Red Marching Band’. It’s fun,” says Malik Harvey, 12th grade bass drum player.

“I feel like a lot of our student section really enjoys when we play for them. Especially the football team, they love when we play our alma mater. I feel a sense of pride when I’m in band,” explains Stormy Johnson, tenor drums player.

“It’s a really invigorating thing to do,” adds Harvey.

“Everybody knows who we are, and it’s just kind of a pride thing,” says senior trumpet player Ayden Nutter.

“When we put on the uniform, I feel proud to wear our school’s logo,” notes Read.

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