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Marching band looks to evolve shows

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A Sept. 10, 2017 file photo shows the UW-Whitewater Marching Band performing during a halftime show at the Green Bay Packers’ 2017 season opening game at Lambeau Field. Last year’s theme was based on comic book superheroes.

A Sept. 10, 2017 file photo shows the UW-Whitewater Marching Band performing during a halftime show at the Green Bay Packers’ 2017 season opening game at Lambeau Field. Last year’s theme was based on comic book superheroes.

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Craig Schreiner

A Sept. 10, 2017 file photo shows the UW-Whitewater Marching Band performing during a halftime show at the Green Bay Packers’ 2017 season opening game at Lambeau Field. Last year’s theme was based on comic book superheroes.

Sydney Kreklow, Staff Reporter

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The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater marching band performs a halftime show at every Warhawk football game.

Last year’s theme was “Superheroes” and the band played scores from various Marvel and DC films while the color guard touted Wonder Woman style headbands. The marching band also performed during a halftime show at Lambeau Field during a Green Bay Packers game last fall.

This year, the theme is called, “Inspire, Transform, and Engage,” which takes after UW-Whitewater’s 150th anniversary slogan. Marching band members said they are putting their heart and souls into making this year’s performance one of the best in the university’s history.

“This year’s performance is going to be something new for Whitewater,” Color Guard Captain Brenna Schultz said. “This year is very showy and grand, because this year we have props for the performance. The band and the guard have learned three new songs so far, and that’s the fastest we have ever done.”

Schultz, a junior at UW-W, has been involved in the marching band since her freshman year. Being captain has been a challenging responsibility for her as she leads the group’s performance in hopes of living up to expectations of this year’s theme.

“One of the best feelings in the world is the feeling of knowing that the audience is enjoying the performance,” junior marching band member Andy Redler said. “This year, the music not only inspires the audience, but also one of the songs especially inspires me.”

Redler said this year is his second time playing trombone with the Warhawk Marching Band. He noted the hard work the marching band members put into preparing for each performance to put on a good show and toplease audiences.

“One of my favorite things about the marching band is that every time they perform, they get better, so you always know the work really hard each week to make the performance be the best it can be,” sophomore Jacob Tetner said.

Tetner enjoys football and looks forward to watching the Warhawk Marching Band’s performance evolve at every halftime show. He said he can feel the band’s passion out on the field, which makes him proud to be a Warhawk.

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