WTAP Band of the Week - Belpre High School

BELPRE OH, (WTAP)- Attention to detail allows a group to be more precise and minimizes the risk of error.

Even though many of the musicians WTAP features each week have been playing their instruments for years, The Belpre Marching Band takes on a complicated halftime show and makes reinforcing the basics a priority.

Marching formations, exciting rhythms, and a touch of choreographed dance moves are just some of the elements of the Golden Eagle Band’s halftime performance.

“Our halftime show this year is entitled ‘Viva la Tina’, and it’s a Latin flavored show. It’s high impact, it's high energy, and it’s an exciting show…We take some suggestions from the kids. Actually the seniors this year wanted to do a little bit more of a difficult show, they had talked about a Latin theme, we researched music and we came up with the four shows we’re doing now,” says band director William Van Pelt.

Although this is one of the larger bands in the area, to this group, it’s the little things that count most.

“Detail is extremely important. We practice fundamentals every day. Making sure that the kids are all marching in the same way, posture’s the same way, horn angles, articulation, all of those things. All of those things combine to make a good band,” notes Van Pelt.

“If one person is out, it messes up everything, it messed up the whole effect. You just have to know where to be and if you’re not there and you’re not right then it’s all going to not look correct,” says Faith Adkins, a senior trumpet player in the band.

“Being a Class C band, it’s very important for us to get the little details to get the better scores because of our size and our ability,” explains Lydia White, an 11th grade alto saxophone player.

“It’s always important to practice the basics. Without that we wouldn’t be nearly as good as we are,” says Brice Holland, a senior percussionist.

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