West Point High School Band earns honors during 2017 season

 The 2017-2018 West Point High School Band.
Staff Writer

The West Point High School Marching Band began its preparation for the 2017 season back during the dog days of summer, as West Point Band Director Ricky Brown describes it.
During the month of June, the band began preparing its marching and competition shows.

“The name of the show this year was ‘Hearts’,” said Brown. “We did three selections, which was heartbeat, heartbreak, and heart rate. We cleaned the shows up and then I took them to their first competition in October.”

At the Crossroads Marching Classic in Corinth on Oct. 7, the Green Wave brought home a plethora of awards, with the band receiving a superior rating. Percussion also received a superior rating and placed 1st in West Point’s division. The dance line also received a superior rating and won first place in the division, along with Overall Best Dance Line. The color guard and drum major received an excellent rating at the competition.

The following weekend, the Green Wave traveled to Tupelo for the State Band Evaluation, where it received an excellent rating. Color guard and percussion received an excellent rating as well, along with the drum major and dance line earning a superior rating.

The percussion section earned second place in the Golden Triangle Battle of the Bands on Nov. 11. Brown said this competition, in Columbus, was something different that he tired out with his band this year.

“We decided to step outside the box and we did a little competition at Columbus High School,” Brown said. “A lot of the schools there were schools that really don’t go to the major state band clinics. They compete in show band competitions all year. We were just trying something to see where we stack up with those types of bands.”

The band also had three students representing West Point High School at the Mississippi Bandmasters Association State Band Clinic in Natchez. The clinic was held Dec. 7-9 and Katie Ross represented Fifth Street Jr. High School Band, while Brandon Edwards and Nakenya Spraggins represented the West Point High School Band.

“They did a great job. Edwards made the top band, and the other two (Spraggins and Ross) made second band, which they had four bands,” Brown said. “For the Junior High student (Ross) to make second band, for her to make it that far was a great job."

Brown said that it was exciting for the students to perform for the 15-0, state champion football team this year.

“The kids love to go to all the football games to cheer them on and everything,” Brown said. “That last game, I told them ‘Now, they’re going to bring back the trophy being the champions. You’re going to support the champions, but you’ve got to have a superior level performance on the field, as well as in the stands.’”