Wapakoneta High School Band Director, Klayton Hilleary, right, steps onto the field to instruct freshman Ben Bailey during a drill of their big performance. The band spent all week at Ohio Northern University for camp. (Staff photo/Michelle Meunier)
ADA — Ohio Northern University played host to the Wapakoneta High School marching band this week as they prepare for the upcoming season.
For 24 seniors this camp is the beginning of the end to their marching band careers, and the six senior officers plan to make the most of the time they have left together.
The officers are Jill Mullenhour, alto saxophone, Neal Maxson, alto saxophone, Erin Engle, clarinet, Alyssa Ruck, trumpet, Mo Howard, alto saxophone and Courtney Mosgrove, piccolo.
With the direction of Klayton Hilleary and Steven Wimmers, the officers plan to use this week to get to know the underclassmen, celebrate tradition and come together as one.
Hilleary explained that during camp the kids go from about 6:30 a.m. to 8 or 9 p.m. with three one hour meal breaks and an hour and a half of free time.
“We work with the best kids in the school, that’s the way we look at it,” Hilleary said. “These kids come out here and give it their all. With that many hours in the day we don’t hear many complaints.”
For Howard, coming together is one of the things he looks forward to most about the week-long camp 10 hour days.
“I like the feeling of unity,” Howard said. “Coming to camp and doing all of this stuff, it kind of knocks everybody down, not in a bad way, but we are all working hard, we’re all doing the same stuff, we’re all sweating, all of our feet hurt and in that hard work we all kind of bond. We work together to get better and it makes for a better show and makes for a better season. I love that feeling, just of being together.”
For the full story, see the Friday, July 25 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.