W-E band heading to state finals Oct. 28

  • The Williston-Elko Blue Devil marching band is headed to the state finals Oct. 28. Pictured above is the band, including officers (front row, from left) Ty’mel Jones, Mister Moody, Alyssa Brown, Danielle Edwards, Maggie Muszall, Tayla Harrison, and Stephanie Hughes.

The Williston-Elko Blue Devil marching band is headed to the state finals.

After placing sixth out of 11 bands in Chapin on Oct. 21 and receiving an excellent rating by the judges, the band has qualified to march for the state title on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Batesburg.

“This has definitely been a very good season,” said band director Mark Romano of the latest award.

The band was recognized during the Oct. 17 Williston District 29 School Board meeting for racking up numerous awards throughout the season. The parents were also recognized for running the concession stand during football games, making uniforms, cooking food for students on competition days, pulling equipment trailers and everything else they do to help the band.

Romano said he has a “very, very young group” this season with 22 of the 29 members being in seventh, eighth or ninth grades. However, he said they have all bonded, supported each other and worked as a group.

Before they head to the finals, the band will perform its annual community show on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. on the football field. The event is free and open to the public.

The school board also recognized EMTs Anthony Plumley and Patrick Shanahan who provided medical assistance to several band members when they became ill in Wagener during a recent football game. Romano said the band was in the visiting stands beside the woods when three students who have asthma all experienced asthma attacks. It’s unclear exactly what caused the issues, but Romano said something from the woods must have triggered the attacks.

The affected students were treated and have fully recovered.

In other news:

• Brady also recognized Jaliyah Collins, Danielle Edwards, Ty’mel Jones and Jasper Lott for being the September WEHS Students of the Month. The recognition is for students who exhibit the character trait of the month, which was trustworthiness in September.

• WEHS student Ever Wyatt was recognized as the October Rotary Student of the Month. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has helped raise money this month for breast cancer research.