On Thursday, December 7, the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Bands performed their holiday concerts for a packed house of family and friends in newly renovated Knight Auditorium. Please enjoy these videos of both performances, courtesy of Tim O’Brien.
Here they are — your 2017-18 Marching Statesmen seniors!
With the Statesmen back in the playoffs after missing out last year, the postseason atmosphere at Moss Field was electric. The Statesmen won the game in decisive fashion despite missing their starting QB, and on the musical side, band parents and directors were happy to have another marching band performance to make up for the canceled gamer earlier in the season.
On Senior Night, a nail-biting finish that didn’t go the way of the Statesmen didn’t diminish what was overall a captivating game on a gorgeous October evening. The marching band shows were top-notch as usual, and business was brisk at the concession stand. Many, many thanks to our graduating seniors for four years of hard work, unforgettable performances, and lasting memories!
On September 29, the WGHS band program continued the spirited tradition of Hixson night, when 8th graders join the high school marching band on field for a special halftime performance. As usual, despite holding no joint practices, the combined unit sounded fantastic. The high school band’s pregame show featured the debut performance of Queen’s smash hit, “Bohemian Rhapsody, and all in attendance can attest that it was worth the wait. While the Statesmen fell to the Lancers in the game’s final moments, all four quarters were thrilling, the weather was perfect, and the mini-cheerleaders were a delight!
The kickoff of the 2017 WGHS marching band season featuring the music of Queen was a resounding success, both for the band and for the Statesmen football team. Check out our photo gallery and videos of the pregame and halftime shows.
See photos and listen to audio of the wonderful performance by Wind Symphony students. Thanks to Jessica Ingraham, Michael Gandlmayr, Laura Reinert, and the rest of the St. Louis Symphony for inviting us to play. Thank you Adam Maness for writing such a beautiful piece to honor the life of Drew Thompson! Thank you bassoonists; Felicia Foland, Vincent Karmanov, and Heather Mosley for your breathtaking performance.
The Webster Groves High School jazz bands were invited to perform September 25 at Jazz at the Bistro, one of the top jazz venues in the world, in midtown’s Grand Center district. All three Webster jazz bands rose to the occasion, providing a wonderful evening of music for friends and family in a swanky setting. Here’s hoping this becomes an annual event!
Jazz 1 dazzled the audience at the annual Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, September 17, 2016. The weather was unseasonably warm and delightful, and the band jammed for a solid hour for a good variety of jazzy tunes. Kudos to the dedicated jazz students for another stellar performance!
The second marching band performance of the 2016 season equally as impressive as the first, and even though the Statesmen fell short in their comeback bid against Ladue, it was a thrilling night for all.
The inaugural marching band performance of the season was one to remember: beautiful weather and a dominant shutout victory by the Statesmen. The band impressed Webster fans with its halftime performance featuring the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” album & whipped Webster fans into a frenzy with its raucous celebrations in the stands.
A fun evening honoring our students for all their hard work and great musicianship this year. Great students plus great teaching equals another outstanding year for WGHS Bands!…
With Marching Band Season behind us, WGHS Bands are gearing up for a Holiday Season of concerts and good cheer….
The Band greeted runners as they raced across the finish line at this annual Webster Foundation 5K event….
A great way to conclude the regular season with a win at home! Topped off with a half-time tribute to all Statesmen Seniors….
Congratulations to Marching Statesmen Seniors!… recognized for 4 years of hard work and perseverance.
We wish them all well in the future!
The 2nd Annual Mattress Fundraiser proved once again to be very successful for the Band….
Another awesome performance hanging out at MonstroCity at the City Museum, one of the Marching Statesmen’s favorite gigs all year….
A cool, cloudy day for a parade, but the Marching Statesmen warmed it up with a strong showing at Rock Hill Days….
Another exciting home game for Webster… and even though the outcome was not in the Statesmen favor, it was an eventful night. Clear weather, strong-sounding Band, and a Drone overhead…!
Thanks to the Band Aides for sponsoring the first Fall band gathering enjoyed by students, Band families and Directors at Wehner Park in Shrewsbury….
A great turnout to watch the Statesmen take on the Pattonville Pirates. The weather held out and the Marching Statesmen belted out an outstanding Pre-Game and Half-Time Performance.
The Marching Statesmen were looking good and sounding strong at the 2015 Home Opener against Howell, playing a collection of classic Chicago pieces during halftime.
An annual tradition and highlight for many: Students rolling in from Camp, filing onto Selma Field and playing their hearts out for friends & family….
Many from the Webster High School Band traveled to Germany & Austria over Spring Break, 2015. Visited were historic cities such as Vienna, Berchtesgaden, Salzburg & Munich….
Indicative of the quality and depth of the WGHS Band program, world-class performers regularly stop in for Clinics and Concerts. This past holiday season was no exception with the Matt Wilson Tree-O visiting for a week of music & merriment. The week would not have been complete without a holiday Jazz concert like no other.
Nothing like jazz to get you in the mood for the Holidays… and nothing like Webster’s Jazz 1 Ensemble playing songs to get you there…
The 106th match-up between Kirkwood and Webster Groves did not disappoint… The football game did not end in Webster’s favor, but the Marching Statesmen sounded & looked great! Light snow and clouds gave way to sunshine; with another memorable Turkey Day game at Moss Field.
Webster Groves High School Jazz Combos are invited to play at Roadhouse 61 regularly for stage experience and local exposure. We thank them for their patronage to our world-class music program.
The Marching Statesmen annual performance at the City Museum is a highlight for the Band and their families. The students perform among the catwalks, stairs, cages, towers and airplanes(!) of MonstoCity performing selections from their Fall lineup. The Band thanks the City Museum for the opportunity!
This unique fund-raising campaign was introduced in the Fall of 2014… students selling mattresses! It proved to be a very successful event for the Band Program. Look for mattress-buying opportunities to support the WGHS Band in the near future!
The Fall picnic is a great opportunity for Directors, students and families to get acquainted, have fun, and enjoy some good cooking! The Band Aides sponsor this annual event at Wehner Park in Shrewsbury for food and activities such as water balloon fights, tug-of-war and egg toss. Recently “Director’s Trivia” has introduced incoming Freshman families to the Directors in a unique way!