White Falcon Band growing, looking forward

MASON — Members of the Wahama White Falcon Band have, and will be, experiencing a lot of “firsts” this season, including an out-of-state band camp, a contemporary competition show, and a trip to Disney World.

The band recently spent a week at camp at the University of Rio Grande, the first time in many years that the band has left the school campus for camp.

“We got a lot done,” said Emily Hall, director. “It was a good week. It was the first time several of the members had been away from home.”

Hall said while this year’s band is made up of young members (80 percent are seventh and eighth graders), the band has grown in the two-and-a-half years since she took the helm. Hall said when she first came to Wahama, the band had 36 members. This year, the band boasts 48 members.

“The most important thing is to get elementary band students to stick with it,” the director stated. “That provides a strong foundation.”

She also said both the color guard and the percussion section have doubled in size.

As for the competition show, Hall said it will be more contemporary, but will still keep the military traditions people in the community are familiar with. Marching will remain military 6-to-5, the style school alumni know well.

Although no name has been chosen for the show as yet, the music will center around “The Great Locomotive Race.” Hall said it includes some “cool sound effects,” and although the band is small, all members play. That gives the music a balanced sound between the brass and woodwind sections.

Seven tentative band competitions have been scheduled for the Bend Area band, possibly including one sponsored at Wahama. Hall said the schedule is subject to change, but competitions planned at present are Sept. 16 at Spring Valley; Sept. 30, Hurricane; Oct. 7, Ripley; Oct. 14, Black Walnut Festival; and Oct. 21, Marshall and Charleston. The Wahama competition might be held Oct. 28.

The local competition would raise funds needed for a trip to Disney World next summer. Hall said the plan is for the White Falcon Band to march in several parades throughout the Magic Kingdom.

The band started raising money for the trip during the last school year, including the inaugural “Wahama Band Bash,” which is planned again this year. Band boosters are also mulling a princess party, as well as other fundraisers.

“It has been several years since the band has been on a trip,” Hall said, “and some of our members have never been out of the state. It’s a good time to take the trip.”

For more information about the band, or to make a monetary donation for the trip, contact Hall at Wahama High School at 304-773-5539.

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By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.