About time for a Westminster High School Marching Band show

The Westminster High School Marching Band held a final practice before its first performance, the annual preview show.

The Westminster High School Marching Band isn't anything if not ambitious. Normally, the group first prepares for the upcoming season by putting in four nine-hour days in June, followed by four nine-hour days in July, with an additional 10 days in August to polish everyone up to perfection.

This year, according to senior Aiden Wallace, the band did everything in only nine days. Add to that building renovations that kept them out of the band room, rain that kept the band off the field and extreme heat that kept them indoors many afternoons.


"We're very efficient. Every hour, all nine hours in the heat matter; it's not just a lot of down time and moseying around," he said. "We set a goal at the beginning of every three-hour block, and it's going to pay off, it's going to be good."

On Friday night, at about a quarter to seven, Wallace was on the podium in the school auditorium, conducting the band through the second half of the group's halftime program. It was a final practice before the band's first performance, the annual preview show.

"It's a sort of sneak-peak of what we're up to this season," he said. "Get everyone who keeps up with the Westminster [High School] Marching Band interested in what our halftime show is."

For a group that has had to fight for time, the theme of the marching band's halftime show is fairly apropos. It's about time, according to Brian Frazier, instrumental music director for Westminster High.

"It's more the abstract idea of how time passes at different speeds depending on what you're doing and how you're feeling," Frazier said. "Sometimes it seems like there is never enough time, sometimes there's too much time."

The show has four movements, beginning with "The Dawn of Time," which "can either be like dawn in the morning, or when we first recognized the concept of time progressing," Frazier said.

"The March of Time" represents time's relentless nature in the second movement; "Time Flies," the third movement, illustrates time's valuable and limited nature; and the fourth movement, "The End of Time," Frazer said, "could either be just the end of the day as you remember back through the day and you relax and time slows down, or also the idea of the end of time and the end of our existence in this universe."

Yes, Frazier said, it is ambitious. But the students love it.

"It's very abstract, but I think it's a very, very cool theme," said Kelsey Pintzow, section leader for the band's color guard. "We're the ones that spine the flags and the rifles. That's our job. We give a visual to the marching band."

In the past three years, according to Frazier, the band had picked themes that were more character-driven, whereas this year, each student has an idea to represent rather than a personage to embody.

But it isn't the first year the band has taken such an intellectual approach to its show, and according to Pintzow, it's about time they did again.

"My freshman year was also about time, so it's really cool being able to come full circle from freshman to senior years," she said.