WHS Band Celebrates Great First Semester

The Wellington High School band and its members had an outstanding first semester this year, with many group and individual achievements to recognize.

The Mighty Wolverine Sound Marching Band earned the school’s 21st overall Superior rating at the Florida Bandmasters Association District Marching Assessment, held at Palm Beach Central High School on Oct. 25. The band earned superiors in every judged category, with 17 As and only one B from the adjudicators.

The WHS Wind Ensemble also continued its new tradition of the “Salute to Veterans” Concert on Nov. 11, and all of the bands presented their annual joint winter concert with the WHS choruses on Dec. 11 in the Wellington Landings Middle School gym. The WHS Majorettes were the winners of Best Performing Group in the Lake Worth Holiday Parade on Dec. 13.

The WHS Band Program had five students selected for the Tri-State Honor Bands, which performed at Florida State University on Dec. 7, and featured the top 400 band students from Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Congratulations to seniors Zachary Landress, Michael Leatherman and Paolo Dumancas, and juniors Michael Cesta and Christian Jansen, on earning this honor. Landress was also selected by competitive audition for the Florida All-State 11-12 Band as the top bass trombonist in the entire state, and performed with this prestigious ensemble in Tampa.

Wellington High School had six students selected by audition for the Palm Beach County All-District Jazz Band this year. Senior Paolo Dumancas and juniors Michael Cesta, Wei Chen, Eric Jansen, Steven Lemons and Evan Sponder performed with the best jazz students in Palm Beach County in a concert hosted by the Wellington High School band and Wolverine Band Boosters on Nov. 6.

Finally, six band members were selected by audition for the Palm Beach County All-District Concert Band. Congratulations to seniors Paolo Dumancas, Zachary Landress and Victor Lucena, and juniors Michael Cesta, Eric Jansen and Evan Sponder (also known as “The Thrumpets.”) These young men will perform with the best band students in the county on Jan. 23 in the All-District Bands Concert in the WHS theater at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited, and admission is $10.

To help support the WHS band program, the Wolverine Band Boosters Association has a corporate sponsorship program. Sponsorship rewards are available for donations as small as $50. For more info., as well as more about the band program, visit www.whsband.com.

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