Laingsburg High School's Wolfpack Marching Band celebrated senior night on Oct. 12.  There are 25 seniors in the group this year./Courtesy photo

 

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It was the last week of marching season for the Laingsburg Wolfpack High School Band, and they made the most of it with three performances and senior night.

For the sixth year in a row, the band received straight “ones” at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association’s annual district marching festival in Owosso on Oct. 7. This is the highest possible rating a band can receive. The 108-member band – one-third of the high school population – performed its Guardians of the Galaxy show before hundreds of fans from Laingsburg and other communities whose students were also participating.

“The kids work really hard all season, but we pull out some extra tricks for MSBOA to help us step up our game a little more for the judges,” said Laingsburg Director of Bands Thomas Cousineau, who is in his tenth year of directing for Laingsburg Community Schools. “We know we have tough competition from around the region. We’re up for it. I’m very proud of how well they always do.”

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Two days later, the band traveled to the 32nd Grand Ledge Marching Exhibition for the fourth time. This event is by invitation only. Nineteen bands from around the state performed and received feedback from esteemed judges who come with decades of experience in teaching, conducting, drill writing and performing. While it’s not a competition in which the bands are graded like MSBOA, the personal comments from the judges are very helpful for both the band directors and the students as they sharpen their performance skills, according to Cousineau.

“After we’re done performing, the band goes to a side field and at least one judge talks to us so we have immediate, specific information to take back,” he explained. “We’re there with bands small and large, all of whom are considered to be very good performers. But there’s always room for improvement.”

The highlight of the evening is when the Spartan Marching Band performs its pregame and half-time shows for all the spectators. There is almost electricity in the air as the students from the various bands watch them do their drills and play their music with such precision, according to Cousineau, who is himself an SMB Alumnus. During its show, SMB has alumni from the bands who’ve participated in the exhibition line up and be recognized.

“Our students get to see their former classmates and realize how a high school band experience can pay off. They also learn how much hard work it is,” Cousineau said.

Friday night was senior night, with 25 students and their parents recognized.

“We’ll miss our seniors. They are our leaders. It’s always my hope that they’ll take something from their band experience and use it for future success,” said Cousineau.

For more information about the Laingsburg Wolfpack Bands, visit laingsburgbands.com.

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