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From playing piano in Thailand to marching in the band

Junior Aim Achalapong plays synthesizer at the Edwardsville Tiger Ambush Classic Marching Band Festival. Achalapong learned to play piano in Thailand and decided to join the marching band for the year she was here.

Anna Pavlisin, Staff Writer

October 26, 2018

While living with alumnus Luke Whitten’s family for her junior year, Thai exchange student Aim Achalapong has joined the marching band as a synthesizer player. After encouragement from her dad to come to the United States, Aim decided to become an exchange student. “A lot of people from my s...

Color guard wins prestigious award

Senior Noelle McGuire waves her color guard flags in the air at the Jaguar Pride Marching invitational. The competition was the marching band’s last, and took place this Saturday. Color guard walked away having been awarded “Best Auxiliary,” which has not happened in a long time.

Dani Fischer, Staff Writer

October 24, 2017

Saturdays are usually reserved for sleeping in, hanging out with friends, and catching up on sleep. This Saturday, however, the marching band earned the Best Auxiliary Award at the Jaguar Pride Marching Invitational, as well as Best Visual and second place in their division. “When you go to a competition...

Athlete Spotlight: Vickey Karl

Back in the band room, Karl checks out some of the nearly 700 band photos she has taken during her time as manager.

Hannah Hoffmann, Technical Design Editor-in-Chief

September 8, 2017

For sophomore Vickey Karl, summer meant memorizing six pages of music on a vibraphone and learning her performance part for the 2017-2018 season of band. Summer also brought about the sudden news that after weeks of learning her part in the performance, she would not be able to perform. “The week...

Marching band parades around school

The marching band clears the field after they form a tunnel for the varsity football team at the game on Aug. 26. They performed the first movement of their competition show,

Nell Jaskowiak

September 16, 2016

Before school on Friday, Sept. 16, the marching band paraded through the hall playing pep songs typically performed during football games. Every year, homecoming spirit day is marked by drum cadences echoing through the school from 7:00 until 7:30 a.m. "We march because it's fun and it gets people...

Students share a day in the life of Color Guard

Senior Annika Fahs performs at a home football game on September 18th.

Nell Jaskowiak, Staff Writer

November 6, 2015

Have you ever heard a group of girls screaming “Bears on three! One, two, three, BEARS!” after half time at varsity football games?

Brad Wallace introduced as new Band Director

Mr. Wallace conducts the Parkway West High Marching Band in preparation for a Friday night football game.

Justin Cupps, Staff Writer

September 28, 2015

After teaching at Parkway West High School for 10 years, band teacher Ben Pyatt told principal Jeremy Mitchell that he would be resigning to be with his wife and kids in Tampa, FL.

Student Spotlight: CJ Schrieber

Junior CJ Schrieber plays the drum set for his jazz band, Cosmic Latte. Schrieber has played drum set in West High marching band shows since his freshman year. “I’m going to try to write more concert band things that are less percussion-oriented,” Schrieber said about his percussion-centered compositions.

Allison Wills, Staff Writer

March 19, 2015

After eight months of preparation, junior CJ Schreiber finished composing his second marching band show. “The theme of the show is nightmares, and the things you may see or feel in a nightmare,” Schrieber said. “My inspiration was that I haven’t met anyone who hasn’t had a nightmare, so...

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