Class of 2001
A paper submitted by
Katie E. McMaster as partial fulfillment of the requirements for her
January 3, 2005
Just what does it take to build a winning competitive marching band? Is
it a director that pushes until the band can no longer be pushed? Could
it be a deep sense of pride and dedication on behalf of members? Or
could it just be prima donna attitudes found in all of the involved
parties? The Hanover High School marching band members of the class of
2001 were a class that knew very little about losing. Perhaps our answer
lies within their story.
The marching band members of
the class of 2001 began their marching careers in 1997. Their freshman
year got off to a rocky start. Having never competed before, the band
began a learning process concerning their style of marching and musical
accuracy. Their performance of the show entitled, Vaudeville
Spectacular earned them 8th place at the Tournament of
Bands Chapter Six Championship. Unfortunately, this outcome did not earn
them an invitation to the Atlantic Coast Championship.
Their sophomore year, the
class of 2001 was ready for more. Performing a show entitled,
Basically British, the band placed first in the Chapter Six
Championship and went to the Atlantic Coast Championship where they
finished in seventh place with a score of 92.5. This was a huge
accomplishment compared to 1997, but they werenít willing to stop and
give up there.
As juniors in 1999, the class
of 2001 took their performance to a new level. Performing a show
entitled, Essentially English, the HHS marching band was
undefeated in regular competition and again placed first in the Chapter
Six Championship. They finished out the 1999 season with a bang, landing
forth place at the Atlantic Coast Championship.
Finally seniors, the Class of
2001 was ready for the 2000 competitive marching season. With a comedic
show entitled Shadows, the HHS marching band upheld their
undefeated title winning the Chapter Six Championship for the third
consecutive year. They went on the Atlantic Coast Championship yet again
and ended their marching career with an amazing performance earning a
score of 93.1, landing them sixth place.
In the history of the Hanover
High School marching band, itís hard to find another group of
individuals who accomplished so much. After their graduation, the
marching band attempted to defend their undefeated title, but was
unsuccessful. Just what made the class of 2001 so special? Many factors
may have played a part.
Leitzel, led the class of 2001 for all four years of involvement.
Leitzel had a great deal of experience in marching band. He knew what he
needed and had very high expectations for every member. If you made a
mistake, he saw it and helped to correct it as soon as possible. His
experience and direction could have had a great deal with the success
found by the class of 2001.
The class of 2001 was
also a dedicated class, involved in all areas of music. The majority of
the class was involved in not only band, but also orchestra and vocal
performance. The class was a tight-knit group of teenagers who were
dedicated to all in which they were involved. Most of the members were
in marching band all four years, allowing them to progress and perfect
their showmanship as much as possible.
Dedication is not the only
quality possessed by the class of 2001.The members of this class were
confident and enjoyed the positive attention. None of them were afraid
to be in front of a crowd. In fact, the majority of the class probably
loved showing their stuff to any person who would contribute positive
feedback. The positive comments received only fed the band to work even
harder and make their performance even stronger. These kids loved being
in the spotlight, and were willing to work hard to get there. This prima
donna attitude just might have been what pushed them over the top.
Whatever the reason for the
success of the class of 2001, they have something to be proud of. Many
classes worked their hardest and werenít able to achieve all that the
class of 2005 achieved. Whether it was their direction, their
dedication, their prima donna attitudes or any other combination of
reasons, the class of 2001 can be proud of themselves, for their legacy
will last forever in the history of the Hanover High School Band