The Marching Spartans is open to all band students at West Springfield High School. The Marching Band will includes approximately 120+ performing members in brass, woodwind, percussion, and visual ensemble. The Marching Spartans are associated with the U.S. Scholastic Band Association and the Virginia Band and Orchestra Band Director's Association.
The Marching Band Rookie Survival Guideaims to help answer any common quesions you might have.
What to bring for a competition or football game.
Black Dinkles (marching shoes), Black socks, athletic shorts (for under the uniform and for after the competition/after changing out of the uniform), this years show shirt, hair items for students with long hair
Shoes, band approved hoddie/jacket (see below) and pants (if cold weather) for after the performance.
Color guard needs their undergarments, makeup, and show shirts.
In cold weather the students may wear their band sweatshirt, band jacket or guard jacket before and after performances.
Your student may bring a backpack on the bus. In the backpack your student should bring water, snacks, money for concessions or to buy t-shirts, sneakers, pants to change into, and any other items they may need.
The chaperones do provide water and snacks for the students before and/or after performances.
Students will usually meet at WSHS prior to competitions and run through the show. Afterwards they will polish and pack their instruments. Large instruments and color guard equipment will be taken to the trucks to be loaded.
Before the students load the buses they will gather their belongings to include their Black Dinkles, black socks, show shirt, color guard undergarments, makeup and show shirts. Then they will pick up their Shako’s with their white show gloves in them and board the bus.
Home Football Games:
Students will need dinkles, show shirt, black shorts for under their uniform, black socks, and hair items if needed for those with longer hair. For home games students change into uniforms at the school. Students sit in the 'band section' of the home side bleachers. The students have third quarter off and will be provided water and apples form the chaperones. They are to be back in their spots ('band section') by 2 min. before the 3rd quarter ends. After the game they will return to the band hallway as a group, change, put up their equipment and will be dismissed by Mr. Hoang.
Away Football Games:
These games are more relaxed and the student’s play their pep band music (no half-time performance). This is one of the times the students will not be in uniform, but are still required to wear their band show shirts.The students may bring backpacks with money and their band sweatshirt or band jacket. Druing third quarter they are released to go watch the home team band perform and go to concessions. They are transported by bus to and from the game.
Please remember the rules and what we expect are for everyone’s safety.
WSHS Marching Spartan Shows:
"Through the Deep Blue"
The Theme from the Abyss
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Beethoven's Symphony #6
"Echoes of a Cathederal"
Verdi Requiem, Dies Irae
Toccata and Fugue in D
Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral
"All In A Days Work"
The music of Ludwig Von Beethoven
”One Small Step...”
Twelve Seconds to the Moon, Robert W. Smith
To Tame the Perilous Skies, David Holsinger
“Apollo 13”, James Horner
”Rhapsody and Blue”
Rhapsody in Blue, George Gershwin
Blue Shades, Frank Ticheli
Bohemian Rhapsody, Frederick Mercury
Fusion, Brian Balmages
Concerto for Bass Trombone, Chris Brubeck
"Inside, Outside, Upside Down"
Inside, Daniel Valadie
Exit Music for a Film, Radiohead
Two Romanian Dances, Bartok
Symphony No. 7, mvt. 2, Beethoven
Symphony No. 9, Finale, Beethoven
Lute Suite, Bach
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Bach
Adagio for Strings, Barber
Symphony No. 1, Brahms
Profanation (Jeremiah Symphony), Bernstein
Blue Rondo a la Turk, Brubeck
Long & Winding Road, The Beatles
Because, The Beatles
Eleanor Rigby, The Beatles
Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys
Symphony in Bb for Band & Symphonic MetamorphosisBy Paul Hindemith