Sending special thanks you our band boosters and the community that has supported our program. After many years of saving and fundraising we have gotten new uniforms.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Now the process will begin again, we hope you will continue to support our award winning program.
The Marching Spartans is open to all band students at West Springfield High School. The 2016 band will include 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.
Please click the title and download this information to help our new band members and parents learn the ways of our marching band program. Many of your questions will be answered by reading this!
What to bring for a competition or football game.
Black Dinkles (marching shoes), Black socks, athletic shorts, this years show shirt, hair items for students with long hair
Color guard needs their undergarments, makeup, and show shirts.
Clothes to practice in and clothes to change into after the competition to include this year’s show shirt
In cold weather the students may wear their band sweatshirt, band jacket or guard jacket. The reason for these specific articles of clothing is because they have WS on them and makes our students easily identifiable.
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 or after they perform.
The students will meet at the school 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.
The students need the same items as listed above. For home games they dress at the school and will go directly to the football field. They will sit in the band section of the home side bleachers. The students have third quarter off and will get water and apples form the chaperones. They are to be back in their spots ready to play by 2 min. before the quarter ends. After the game they return to the school, 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. This is one of the times the students will not be in uniform, but are still required to wear their band show shirts. Again this is for safety reasons and we can identify our band students. The students may bring backpacks with money and their band sweatshirt or jacket. Druing third quarter they are released to go watch the other band perform and go to concessions. They are transported by bus to and from the game. It is asked that you do not take your student home from the game. If there is an unavoidable circumstance you would contact Mr. Hoang.
Please remember the rules and what we expect are for everyone’s safety.
The students are not allowed to eat while in Uniform! They can have water but no food. Their uniforms are old and need to be dry cleaned so we are very particular about the care. If your student forgets something or needs help ask the band managers or Mrs. Parks can help.
Our goal is to always make sure the students have what they need so they can concentrate on doing will when they perform.
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