Poulter and Stuhlsatz pose with ’19 WHS graduate Jessica Vanstory, now a member of the K-State band. “It was a really amazing experience,” Poulter said. Photo courtesy of Jaime Rogers.
Senior Luke Stuhlsatz and junior Bernice Poulter had the opportunity to play in the K-State All Star Marching Band at the first K-State home game August 31.
“To get into the band we had to be nominated by Mr. Philbrook and fill out some forms,” Poulter said. “Then we had to be chosen by the directors of the band. We were sent the music after we were accepted into the band. We had to learn it before hand and mark it with our movements in the marches.”
Band participants had to learn six different songs in anticipation for the event. Poulter and Stuhlsatz were among 170 high schools students selected to participate in the K-State Marching Band. Participants attended rehearsals Friday evening at Memorial Field and Saturday afternoon at Bill Snyder Family Stadium prior to the game.
“The best part was marching,” Stuhlsatz said. “The overall atmosphere was incredible. The doctors where alway nice and college students helped you out a bunch.”
Rehearsals were held Friday evening from 6-10 p.m. and Saturday afternoon from 1p.m. to 2:30p.m. They practiced marching and rehearsed their six songs. They also had the opportunity to march with the K-State marching band for one song and the K-State alumni band for the last three songs.
“It was a really amazing experience,” Poulter said. “I think anyone who is even a little interested in being in a marching band in college should consider doing it.”
Anyone interested in participating in next season’s K-State All Star Marching Band should contact Mr. Rogers.
“I hope more people will try it next year because it’s really, really fun,” Stuhlsatz said.
— Hannah Mumpower, @Hlmump01