Oct. 18 Donna Jean Stromme, 86, of Worland
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Oct. 18 2:09 p.m. 300 S. 1st St.
Oct. 19 10:08 a.m. 711 s. 15th St.
Oct. 19 10:43 Manderson Town Hall
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Oct. 18 8:52 p.m. LN 8 and Washakie Ten
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Worland temperatures: High 78, Low 32 precipitation: 0.00
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Breezy, with a south wind 7 to 12 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. South southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 32. Southeast wind 3 to 5 mph.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 68. South southeast wind around 6 mph.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. South southeast wind 3 to 6 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 72.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 37.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 70.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.
Sunday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 31.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.
Sunset tonight: 6:14 p.m.
Sunrise tomorrow: 7:32 a.m.
Black Thunder ‘Superior’ at state marching band festival
By Bob Vines
CASPER – The right selections and the right musicians came together for
the Worland High School Black Thunder Marching Band Saturday night with
the result being a Superior rating at the Wyoming State Marching Band
Festival in Casper. It had been the first time in four years the band
cracked the top level at the competition. They joined Buffalo and
Riverton as the only 3A schools to achieve the designation.
Worland High School band director Willie Wright said his band definitely peaked at the right time.
“They had been playing pretty well in practice and at the invitational but this was clearly the best they had performed,” he said.
The program, titled “Phantom of the Piano Studio,” mixed new takes on classics by Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy’s “Clair De Lune” and a finale titled “Knuckle Concerto” – a playful piece described as, “classic ditties you’ve always heard between classes, at slumber parties and anywhere a piano is present and the teacher isn’t.”
The unique music selection has sat on Wright’s desk for the past few years waiting for the perfect match with his band’s abilities. And it worked.
“One of the things that led me to it is that I really haven’t heard anybody perform anything quite like that. I thought it was a great concept. I was waiting to have the right instrumentation and the right band to be able to do this.”
Along with the Superior rating, the Black Thunder Band also received Caption Awards for General Effect, Drum Major and Auxiliary.
Wright said he was able to take a quick peek at the judge’s scoring sheet prior to the announcements and saw that their score for “General Effect” was near perfect.
“I thought, ‘this is the year that we have a serious shot at a Superior rating,” he said. “The kids had a hard time containing themselves when (the announcement was made).”
This is Wright’s fourth Wyoming State Marching Band Festival performance and his first Superior rating.
“My first year we got an ‘Excellent’ and there were a lot of kids crying. This year we got a ‘Superior’ and there were a lot of kids crying. But I think they were happy instead of sad and frustrated,” he said.
Wright said he first sensed his band was putting together a special performance during the Worland Invitational a couple weeks ago and pushed his group even harder in order to not lose their focus. They simply continued to improve until they marched on the Casper Events Center floor.
He was particularly complementary of his band’s commitment.
“When you are dealing with a high school this size, the students have a tendency to be involved in a lot more activities. Therefore, getting them all together for extra rehearsals is really tough. For them to pull together a show of this difficulty with that amount of rehearsal time is a real testament to their work ethic and their focus,” Wright said. “At the bigger schools you have a lot of students that only do band.”
The director said that it is impressive to watch the students improve in the few short months after they first receive their music and begin to learn the routine during their summer camp. “They are taking three arrangements of music that are difficult, memorizing all of it, plus memorizing their positions on the field and the drill.”
Wright also pointed out that the Worland drill itself was one of the more difficult ones to perform at the festival.
The drill was written by St. Louis, Mo. band director Tony Brown. Wright first became familiar with the Mehlville High School band director and drill writer nearly a decade ago when he sent his card to band directors across the country. Wright was an instructor in Colorado at the time and was becoming frustrated with the stock drills that came with the music arrangements and cost his small school considerable money. He contacted Brown in 2007.
“I wanted to give him a try because, mainly, he didn’t charge very much,” said Wright. “It was still quality stuff. Not only does he know how to write drills, but he understands that small schools have small budgets. You can’t pay $3,000 to have somebody write a drill for you.
“There are a few directors that write their own drills. Part of me has wanted to try to do it but I don’t want to sacrifice a marching season to experiment with my drill-writing skills. I would hate to sacrifice somebody’s senior year and write a drill that doesn’t work. Am I scared? Yeah.”
All-in-all the director couldn’t be more pleased with the direction of the marching band program in Worland.
“We were getting close the last couple years,” he said. “But everything just seemed to come together this year.”
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DAILY NEWS photos by Bob Vines
Top, Worland High School freshman trumpet player Ivan Perez plays during the Wyoming State Marching Band Festival at the Casper Events Center Saturday night. Center, drum major Carlos Pacheco (with fellow drum major Alex Mullhall in the back ground) bow to the audience at the end of their performance. Pacheco, Mullhall and Emrie Jolley won a Caption Award for Drum Major. Above, flag corps member Morgan Ehrmantraut and her team won a Caption Award for Auxiliary Performance –– a routine they wrote themselves.
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