Pursuit: Marching band at Steele High School
What do you do with the Amherst Marching Comets Band?
I am basically the student leader and band conductor. I’m the one who has to get everyone together, make sure everything’s going OK and be the student liaison between the director and the students. I keep the time so that everyone is playing at the same time.
Are you a music major?
Um, somewhat. I play saxophone, but not in the band for marching season.
What’s a bad night for you guys on the field?
I guess raining … it’s hard to conduct and for the band members to keep instruments up. The heat, it’s been pretty hot. We went through band camp in August, so we had 13-hour days the first week of August. It’s been tough, but we pushed through it.
What’s the good?
I really like the conducting aspect of it. I like being up there, and the band members show respect for the drum majors. The band members really do respect you.
Do you key off any of the fans in the stands?
Yeah, our student section is like fabulous. A lot of time you hear that the students aren’t into the band, but our student section and parents always cheers us on. It’s nice to have such a support system from our fans.
Do you have a rivalry with the other bands?
As you can see, we come over in the first quarter and talk with the other band. Sometimes we have the same songs, and one band will play, say “Hang On Sloopy,” and we’ll try to play it and we’ll try to one them up, but nothing terrible.
What’s your best subject?
I would probably say math, but I’m in the TV program. We do our own feature stories, edit, and everyday, live newscasts.
Are you on-air?
Yes, well, we rotate. We do every job. Camera, prompter, we direct, write scripts, tape.
Do you have any college plans?
Possibly going into communications. I’m not quite sure. I’m thinking Kent State University, maybe Bowling Green, I’m not sure but I’m definitely going to a four-year college.
Who’s in your family?
My sister Maty, 16, she plays trumpet. My dad is Bob Fulper and my mom is Rebecca Wisniewski.
We’re not just a Friday night football band. We go to four or five competitions per year and earn a superior or No. 1 rating. We’ve gone to state in the past 10 years and this should be our 11th.
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