WHS Trojans win at Waseca

WORTHINGTON -- In their first competitive parade of the 2018 fall season, the Worthington High School "Spirit of Worthington" Trojan Marching Band hit all the right notes.

The entire Worthington High School band shares its pride after being named Parade Sweepstakes winners at the Waseca Marching Classic on Saturday. (Special to The Globe)

WORTHINGTON - In their first competitive parade of the 2018 fall season, the Worthington High School “Spirit of Worthington” Trojan Marching Band hit all the right notes.


The 160-member band marched home from Saturday’s 31st annual Waseca Marching Classic with the Class AAA parade championship (74.8 points for the Trojans over 68.4 for Lakeville South), the People’s Choice Award and the Parade Sweepstakes Award.


In all, 12 bands participated in the parade.



“I’m so pleased with the students’ effort and with how this show is coming together,” said WHS band director Jon Loy.


The band is performing its “We the People” show this fall, which features themes associated with iconic people and themes in U.S. history. Songs that are part of the display include “This is My Country,” U.S. military service anthems, and portions of the “National Emblem March” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”


There’s growing evidence that the Trojans’ show is resonating not only with parade judges (the band received the day’s top scores in music, marching effect, music general effect, visual effect, percussion and color guard) but also with the general public.


Lori Rosenberg, the mother of freshman band member Brigette Rosenberg, was stopped following the parade by a nearby spectator. Rosenberg’s Trojan band sweatshirt identified her as being with the WHS ensemble.


“He asked me to thank the band,” said Rosenberg. “He was in tears during their show, and he told me he was a veteran - and his son was killed while serving in Afghanistan. This show meant so much to him.”


The WHS students also received commendation from their post-parade clinic adjudicator, who later sent Loy a message saying, “You displayed a culture of teamwork, excellence and family that was very fun to see on display.”


On Friday, the Trojans will perform at the Watchdog Festival in Beresford, S.D.; Saturday will find them at the 68th annual Tri-State Band Festival in Luverne. The WHS band is one of 17 scheduled to compete in the Luverne parade, which begins at 9:30 a.m.

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