Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Marching bands compete and support each other Submitted: 10/06/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray

Marching bands compete and support each other
Photos By Shardaa Gray

MERRILL - Sounds of dedication and motivation filled Merrill High School.

"We worked really hard since June and July. A lot of twelve hour days, five and a half hour days," said Antigo drum line section leader, Isaac Cuellar.

"We're just out in the hard sun learning drills, learning our music just doing a lot of reps over and over again."

All that repetition paid off at the Marching Band Competition in Merrill.

Eight teams performed on the football field Sunday afternoon.

"What the bands are getting judged on a series of different categories. There's a visual execution or just the general effect of whether their show really speaks to the viewer." Merrill band director, Kevin Short said.

"That was like kind of a chaotic thing. It was supposed to be the spy's running around the neighborhood type thing," said D.C. Everest trumpet player, Jared Bartnik.

"It was like creating kind of an awesome ghetto, not like weird, but fun thing to do. It was like a brawl kind of."

But not everyone was there to compete.

"We just did exhibition again just to kind of show off. Just like yesterday, we did it to have fun, show off our field show and have a blast." Bartnik stated.

Band director say the non-competitive energy rubbed off on everybody.

"It's way more than just about the band directors. It's actually not very much about the band directors at all to be honest," Short said.

"It's about the kids. It's about the herd of parents that we have here today to make all this happen."

"There's like no enemies here. It's all friendly competition," said Bartnik.

"We're all cheering for each other. We're all hoping each other to do the best we can. We're just rooting for each other."

And that's the product of hard work and team work.


Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

LODI - Authorities say at least four people were hurt when a semi crashed into a school bus in south central Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin State Patrol says the crash happened Wednesday morning along northbound Interstate 39 near Lodi, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) northwest of Milwaukee. The patrol says the bus was parked on the shoulder of the interstate when it was struck.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - As he suited up with a bit of swagger and his aviator sunglasses, all eyes were on Greg Fiss and his airplane Wednesday morning.  However, Fiss was quick to deflect the fame on the people watching him.

"They're the rock stars, we're just more visible," Fiss said of ground-based firefighters through his thick southern accent.

Fiss filled up his single-engine air tanker, or SEAT, with 800 gallons of water to show a group of DNR firefighters at Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport how he can help.  The native Kansan has flown a SEAT for 14 years, transitioning from agriculture crop dusting.

+ Read More

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker is sidestepping questions about whether more needs to be done to bolster student safety in the wake of a deadly high school shooting in Texas.

Asked during a question-and-answer period with reporters at the executive mansion Tuesday whether the Santa Fe High School shooting has motivated him to do more to increase school safety, Walker said no one should feel threatened at school.

He touted a bill he signed in March that provides school districts with $100 million in grants for security upgrades in their buildings. He said he hopes the state Department of Justice can get the money out quickly so schools can make improvements before fall classes begin.

+ Read More

MILWAUKEE - Prosecutors say a 21-year-old Milwaukee man beat a 15-year-old boy with a hammer, stabbed him in the neck and burned his body over a stolen video game system.

Police arrested Malik Terrell in Chicago on Monday after discovering the burnt remains of Dennis King in an abandoned Milwaukee house Sunday. King's family reported him missing since May 11.

Prosecutors say Terrell and his two younger siblings thought a friend of King's stole their video game system, so Terrell brought King to their house to question him. Investigators say Terrell and one of his siblings started beating King before Terrell attacked him with a hammer and stabbed him in the neck.

+ Read More

MADISON - The U.S. Department of Justice is threatening to sue Wisconsin over its restrictions on overseas voters.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission released a letter Tuesday that it received from the DOJ on May 9. The letter warned the agency is preparing to sue because Wisconsin law doesn't allow temporary overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically or to file unofficial ballots. Under federal law, all voters overseas are entitled to both options regardless of the length of their stays abroad.

The DOJ wants the state to sign an agreement with the agency that it will provide the options. The elections commission plans to discuss the letter during a meeting Thursday.

+ Read More

LAC DU FLAMBEAU -
Tuesday afternoon Tribal Police confirmed Antonio Monserrate Roche is the man found deceased last week in Pokegama Lake.

Once the Coroner's office determines the official cause of death, the Tribal Police Department will issue an update.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Some people need to rely on movies and books to learn about certain parts of history.
One Wisconsin Vietnam veteran wanted to make sure that wasn't the case for Rhinelander middle school students.

Paul Miller spoke at James Williams Middle School Tuesday.He was drafted into the Vietnam War in 1967.
Miller said he wanted to share his experience and how the war impacted him. He doesn't want that part of history to be forgotten. 

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 





Click Here