The 120-member Wildcats Marching Band hit the steamy hot practice field Tuesday morning, July 30, to begin preparation for this falls halftime shows and contests. Band Director Spencer Emmert said the on-field work occurred after about an hour of team building and bonding.
Emmert said he was excited about three things occurring this year. First, the band will have the opportunity to advance this year. That happens only every other year for the band. Second, the band will be getting new uniforms. Emmert said they should arrive in time for the band to wear them at the third football game, when temperatures are expected to cool down some. Third, the band will be taking a spring trip to Orlando, Florida, to perform and represent Sulphur Springs High School.
Emmert said he is also excited about this year’s halftime show, entitled “What a Wonderful New World.” He said it will include Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” and a portion of Dvorak’s New World Symphony. Emmert said the show is based on Christopher Columbus’ journeys across the seas. He said he hopes Wildcats fans will stay in their seats at halftime and watch the show.
Despite Tuesday’s heat, Emmert said band members were doing well and were getting lots of water breaks.
Most of the early work on the field involved fundamentals of marching. Emmert said not one note will be played Tuesday. That will change on Wednesday.
Emmert also introduced his new assistant band director Elliot Ayo Tuesday. Emmert said he hired Ayo out of Louisiana when he was at Winnsboro and now he has brought him to Sulphur Springs. Ayo, who played saxophone, will work with woodwinds. He said he likes living in a community where the band program is respected and he said Sulphur Springs’ band members were very committed.