Similar to systems used by many other marching organizations, this is how we structure our drill-cleaning rehearsals. It allows students a chance to make adjustments on their own, receive feedback from "the tower," and then receive feedback on the field. When staff and students know there will be a chance to say what they need to say, it reduces additional chatter and people talking over one another. It also reduces the amount of time they need to stand at attention (which can get tiring or lead to students no longer observing "attention" as they should).
A sample weekly rehearsal schedule is included, as well as drum major and staff responsibilities. (Our drum majors double as field staff.)
Due to ongoing stadium construction and seating limitations, the University of New Hampshire Wildcat Marching Band will be unable to host a Band Day this year, so the Wildcat for a Day program is returning! We anticipate Band Day to return when we open the new stadium in 2016.
The Wildcat Marching Band invites outstanding high school marching band members to be a Wildcat for a Day. Students will observe the game day rehearsal, eat dinner with the band, and play with the WMB during the football game. Guard members are welcome to join us as well, and will learn the carriage to one of our tunes.
This non-competitive event will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017. Seven high school bands from New England will be participating. This year we are honored to have with us guest composer/conductor Dr. Timothy Mahr, professor of music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. During the course of the day, the ensembles will receive a forty-minute clinic from UNH Director of Bands Andrew Boysen on any piece of their choosing and a forty-minute clinic from Dr. Mahr on a piece of his that they have chosen (we hope that the opportunity to work with the actual composer on his own music will strengthen the experience for the students). The bands will also have the opportunity to observe clinics with other visiting bands, an opportunity that is rare these days, especially in a non-competitive and supportive environment. Finally, our UNH Wind Symphony will perform a concert (including some of Dr. Mahr's Symphony No. 1) for all participating ensembles in the middle of the day.
Ensembles are not expected to have music prepared at a festival level, and performances will not be adjudicated. It is our hope that the students will benefit from the clinics at any stage of their preparation for performance.