Band Season Wrap Up

Cardinal Regiment perform “Slither” at Andrew High School Invitational. The team finished first place at this event

Cardinal Regiment perform “Slither” at Andrew High School Invitational. The team finished first place at this event

Calvin Poe, Staff Writer

The band finishes out the season with a bang to follow up an amazing last season!

Eisenhower Cardinal Regiment finished the season with a 6-2 record in Class A after an impressive last season. To top it off, the last competition of the season was better than anyone could ask for. The team won multiple first place awards for Best Music, Best Visuals, Best Percussion, and Best Drum Major.

The last season event took place Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 at the Sandwich High School MusicFest. Although Class A has relatively small competition, Dr. Justin Antos, Band director, says that the team has been very successful against bigger bands.

“ We aren’t necessarily worried about teams that are bigger than us. We’ve beaten teams double our size before,” says Antos. Eisenhower’s band consist of roughly 60 band members.

 Preparation for performances are very tricky and the songs need to chosen correctly. The team undergoes a four and a half week long band summer camp every year to make sure that they are set for the upcoming season.

“Picking the right shows for the right group of kids is what is most important” said Antos.

Senior Michelle Gemma, Cardinal band member, had the opportunity to be up front and center for this season. Michelle says they would practice  three days a week, from 6 to 8pm. Although they didn’t repeat with another undefeated season, she says everyone did what they were supposed to.

“ We were working really, really hard so we were very happy about how the season turned out” saysGemma.

 Everything paid off when they performed at the Sandwich Music Fest for the last performance of the season. There were at least 15 other schools in attendance, but momentum shifted towards Eisenhower.

The Cardinals have left an impression on not only the Eisenhower family, but on other schools as well.

“ We used to not get that many cheers, but after we started performing better we’ve been getting recognized from not just people we know, but from everyone,”  said Antos.

  The team hopes to keep the momentum and carry it into next season. Antos says they’ve been thinking about opening with the ROTColor Guard for next year’s debut.