Westview band to perform in Washington, D.C.
Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 8:01 pm
WASHINGTON BOUND – Westview Band members Mark Maloney, CiCe Summers, Gillian Martin, Cassie Hood, Sydney McClure, and Brandyn Brown look over plans for their upcoming trip to Washington, D.C.
The Westview High School Band has been selected to give a public concert in the nation’s capitol in March. After an extensive selection and application process to the National Park Service, the 62-member group was chosen to give an exclusive two hourpublic concert on the National Mall. The Band will give their concert at the World War II Memorial on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 10 a.m..
The World War II Memorial is one of the newest memorials in Washington dedicated to the men and women of “The GreatestGeneration” who fought and won the most devastating war in world history. The Memorial itself is centrally located on the National Mall at the opposite end of the reflecting pool from the Lincoln Memorial, and facing the Washington Monument. The U. S. Capitol and The White House can be seen from the spot that the Band will be performing.
The Westview Band was given the opportunity to perform in the Cherry Blossom Parade, held in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival which is during the same week, but chose to give a concert instead of marching. The opportunity to give a featured public concert gives the group a chance to perform to a much larger crowd and have attention focused solely on the Westview Band. This concert performance will give the Band a way to feature not only the talents of the members but also give everyone who passes by, a chance to see and hear a small portion of Martin, Sharon, Weakley County, and Tennessee. During the performance, programs will be distributed that will highlight the School, Community, County, and surrounding area. The Band will be performing music featuring patriotic themes, popular selections, and festival music. The Band will also perform selections from their award winning 2010 Marching Band Field Show.The Westview Band, under the direction of Mike Tucker and Assistant Derek Cook, is not a newcomer to being a good will ambassador for Weakley County. Besides performing at all Westview High School Football games throughout the region and giving concerts at the School and in the community, the Band also performs at local and regional parades. The Band has also given performances at marching competitions in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Florida, Mississippi, and throughout Tennessee consistently giving award winning performances. This year alone, the Westview Band has brought home over seventeen awards in their competition efforts. In extended travel performances, the Westview Band has given featured performances at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, and Astroworld in Houston, Texas. Due mainly to the hard work and dedication of the students and parents, the Westview High School Band has the reputation in Tennessee and the region of consistently giving outstanding performances in Marching, Concert, and Jazz areas.
The performance in Washington will only be part of a fun-filled and educational six day and five night trip taken by Weakley County’s only high school band. While in the Washington and Virginia area the Band will have a very hectic schedule. Four days will be spent in our Nation’s Capitol sight-seeing and experiencing history first hand. Highlights of these days will be visits to all of the major monuments and museums, the U.S. Capitol, and possibly a visit to the White House. The Band members will also have the opportunity to spend a day at Busch Gardens experiencing fun and thrills in one of the nation’s premier amusement parks.
Every four years the Band undertakes a major trip of this nature. It was determined this past summer that the Band would once again perform in the nation’s capitol and fund raising efforts began. It requires a large amount of money to take a trip of this nature, but the results are worth it for the students, the schools and the community. Any individual, group or business that would like to help the Westview High School Band in their efforts to raise money to perform in Washington is encouraged to contact Band Director, Mike Tucker by calling 587-0858.