West Johnston Marching Band
The West Johnston Marching Band is in many ways the face of our school during the fall season and is our largest and most inclusive ensemble to be a part of. The group consists of winds, percussion and guard members who perform throughout the fall at athletic events and parades, as well as local and regional marching competitions. The West Johnston Marching Band marched at the Inauguration Parade in 2005, the Macy's Day Parade in 2008, McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago in 2018 and at the DisneyWorld Resort Parade in 2022.
After initial contract signings and camps in May and early June, the season traditionally begins in late July with leadership and rookie marching and guard camps, before full Summer Band Camp in early August. Competitions begin in mid-September and finish around early November. The group occasionally performs at other local events throughout the year.
The cost for the group is normally around $1000. We have MANY fundraising opportunities as well as scholarships, so please never let the cost of the group be the reason you don't participate.
Marching Band is especially good for incoming freshman students because Band Camp gives students the opportunity to be a part of a group in high school a month before the school year even begins. Freshmen who join Marching Band enter school on the first day with a support system of friends already in place!
NOTE: "Marching Band" INCLUDES our Color Guard! So if you have a Guard Student, anything that's considered "marching band" - whether it's rehearsals, day camps or performances - includes you! We label recruiting events with "Band & Guard" to make sure you're aware we want your guard student there, but for the season itself we don't differentiate since they're all in the same group.