The WFP High School Band has been invited to participate in the University of Maryland’s Band Festival and Competition beginning on January 17.
Band Director Kelvin Jones entered the band into the selection process along with other high school bands from across the nation with hopes that the WFP Band and their skills would strike a chord with the university selection team.
After receiving the exciting news that the band had been selected to participate, Jones immediately began preparing them for the competition, which included several rehearsals over the holidays. The concert and jazz bands will be performing several pieces each. The percussion ensemble and the flag team will each perform as well. The entire band will also participate in the parade ceremony.
“I think it really hit them with they realized we will be performing in two weeks!” said Jones during a recent Saturday practice.
The timing and location of the competition could not be better. The Presidential Inauguration will be held in Washington D.C. on January 21, and the WFP Band will be able to attend thanks in part to Senator David Vitter who donated 67 tickets for the band to attend the event. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for some of these students,” said Jones. “They’ll be able to say they were there when the President was sworn in, and not many people can say that.”
Trying to make the most of the costly trip, Jones planned several stops at colleges and universities in different states along the bus ride to D.C. Students will have the opportunity to tour campuses and begin thinking about where they want to attend college. Students will also participate in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington Cemetery, tour the Holocaust Museum and meet Senator Vitter, among many other exciting activities.
“We are really trying to build a legacy and tradition with the band,” said Jones. “Participating in events such as this help us accomplish that.”
Students have been fund raising for months for this trip to help with the expense; so many thanks go out to all that have contributed. Good luck to the WFP Band!