SHS band marches into its 5th year
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – After years of not having one, Sequoyah High School’s marching band has entered its fifth year with more than 40 students on its roster.
“I started five years ago, up to that point there was not an active band,” Sam Morris, SHS band director, said. “There were instruments on campus, so I saw an opportunity here and I thought I’d take advantage of it.”
Before becoming Sequoyah’s band director, Morris directed Stilwell High School’s band for 36 years.
When the SHS band reformed, there were seven high school and middle school students playing woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Today, the band consists of clarinets, flutes, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, baritones, tuba and percussion played by 41 high school and middle school students.
“It’s gotten bigger. It’s gotten better. I think it’s awesome,” senior Jerilyn Willie said. “I like how we’re able to learn faster. It’s one of the advantages I think we have because we’re so small and we have to get things really quick because the way the school is we’re not able to all come after school or during summer like most high schools do.”
Willie, who joined the band as a freshman, plays the flute.
“I joined the band because I’ve always liked being able to play music and I’ve always heard about it making you smarter. I haven’t seen it yet, but I just like being able to make something,” she said.
She said she plans to continue playing in college.
“I plan on playing in college band and then going into musical therapy,” she said. “That’s the study of using music and beats and colorful props like bubbles and scarves and teach children just how to develop and it makes them freely be able to express themselves.”
Although not part of the marching band, Morris also teaches music to 12 fifth and sixth graders from the Cherokee Nation Immersion School.
“The fifth and sixth grade, they’re basically my beginners,” he said. “They’re from the immersion school and they’re just learning how to play.”
The band performs during Sequoyah football and basketball games, pep rallies, parades and marching competitions. Next semester the band will start participating in concert competitions.
“My favorite part would be the football games and the pep rallies,” sophomore Ashlyn King said. “The pep rallies are always fun especially when we do the spirit stick because all the drums split up into their grades and sophomores actually won the spirit stick at the last pep rally.”
King started in the band as a freshman and plays the bass drum in the percussion.
Sophomore Sam Christie, who plays the quint tenor in the percussion alongside King, joined as a seventh grader and said his favorite part is marching and being with his friends.
“I made a lot of friends in band, like a lot of really close friends, and I was having fun with it so I decided I would stick with it, and I like playing the drums a lot,” he said.
When it comes to marching competitions, the band has traveled throughout Oklahoma and even in Texas as part of its 2012 year-end trip. The band received a one, or superior, rating for its performance.
Willie said that even though it’s scary going against bigger schools in competitions, it’s liberating.
“Yes it is scary, but it’s also liberating and it’s fun and it’s amazing actually,” she said. “You get this whole amazing feeling because you get to see how long it takes them and you get to go talk to them later and they’ll tell you how they thought of it and how long it took them. I like being able to learn really quickly with them and I think it’s easier. You have to adapt to it, that’s one of the main things.”
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ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ Ꮭ ᏯᏁᎮ, ᏏᏉᏲ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎾᏱᎴᎩ ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏃᏊ ᎤᎾᏖᎳᏗ ᎯᏍᎩᏁ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎾᏃ ᏅᎩᏍᎪ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎨᎪᏪᎳ ᎤᎾᏱᎵᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᎠᏆᎴᏅᎲ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᏥᎨᏒ, ᏝᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᏄᏍᏕ ᎾᎯᏳ Ꮭ ᎠᎾᏱᎴᎩ ᏱᎨᏎ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Sam Morris, SHS ᎠᎾᏱᎴᎦ ᏗᏘᏂᏙᎯ. “ᏗᎧᏃᎩᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎿᎥ ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, ᎠᎩᎪᎲ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎢᎬᏩᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎾᏆᏛᏁᎸ.”
ᏏᏃ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᏏᏉᏲ ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏗᏘᏂᏙᎯ, Morris ᏚᏘᏂᏙᎸ ᏍᏗᎵᏪᎵ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏦᏍᎪ ᏑᏓᎵ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ.
ᎾᎯᏳᏃ SHS ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏙᏢᏅ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏰᏟ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬ woodwind, brass ᎠᎴ percussion ᏗᏁᎶᏙᏗ. ᎪᎯ ᎢᎦ, ᎾᎿ ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏙᏢ ᎤᏂᎭ clarinets, ᏗᎦᏤᏡᎯᏍᏗ, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, baritones, tuba ᎠᎴ percussion ᏓᎾᏁᎶᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏅᎩᏍᎪ ᏌᏊ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏰᏟ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ.
“ᎠᏛᏍᎦᏃ. ᏓᏤᏠᏍᏙᏍᎩ. ᎨᎵᏍᎩ ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᏔᎳᏚᏏᏁ ᏗᎦᏂᏙ Jerilyn Willie. “ᎠᎩᎸᏉᏓ ᎢᎦ ᎤᏟᏍᏗ ᏥᏓᏕᎶᏆᎢ. ᎢᎩᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬ ᎨᎵᏍᎬ ᎢᏗᎦᏲᏟ ᏥᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏟᏍᏗ ᏂᏓᏛᏁᎰ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏝᏃ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎨᎩᎷᎯᏍᏗ ᏱᎨᏐ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᎣᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎪᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎰ ᏗᏐᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.”
Willie, ᎾᎿ ᎤᏕᎳᏛ ᏗᎧᏃᎩᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏐᏁᎵᏁ ᏗᎧᏂᏙ, ᏓᏁᎶᏗᏍᎪ ᎦᏤᏡᎯᏍᏗ.
“ᎠᏆᏖᎳᏛ ᎯᎠ ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎩᎸᏉᏛ ᏗᎩᏃᎩᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎦᏛᎩᏍᎬ ᎠᏌᎹᏗ ᏂᏨᏁᎲᎢ. ᏝᏃ Ꮟ ᎠᎩᎪᎲᎢ ᏱᎩ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎠᎩᎸᏉᏓ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎦᏛᏁᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ.
ᎤᏛᏅᏃ ᏚᏭᎪᏛ ᏂᎦᏯᎢᏐ ᏓᏁᎶᎲᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏩᎴᏅᎲᎢ.
“ᏓᏉᎪᏛ ᏗᏆᏁᎶᏗ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏆᏖᎳᏗᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᏓᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎬ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᎬᏙᏗ ᏗᎧᏃᎩᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏧᎸᏑᏫᏓ ᎪᏢᏔᏅᏙᏗ ᏯᏛᎾ bubbles ᎠᎴ ᎠᎵᏍᏆᏃᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎨᏲᏗ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏗᎪᏢᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏄᎾᏍᏛ ᎤᎾᏄᎪᏪᏍᏗᎢ.”
ᎯᎡᎦ Ꮭ Ꮎ ᎠᎾᏱᎴᎩ ᏱᎧᏃᎮ, Morris ᎾᏍᏊ ᏕᎨᏲᎲᏍᎦ ᏗᎧᎬᎩᏍᏗ ᏔᎳᏚ ᏯᏂ ᎯᏍᎩᏁ ᎠᎴ ᏑᏓᎵᏁ ᏗᏂᏂᏙ ᏂᏓᏳᎾᏂᎩᏓ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏣᎳᎩᎭ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ.
“ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᏍᎩᏁ ᎠᎴ ᏑᏓᎵᏁ ᏗᏂᏂᏙ, ᏙᎯᏳ ᎩᎳ ᎠᎾᎴᏂᏍᎩ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ. “ᏣᎳᎩᎭ ᎠᏂᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏂᏓᏳᎾᏂᎩᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎩᎳ ᎠᎾᏕᎶᏆ ᏧᎾᏁᎶᏙᏗᎢ.”
ᎯᎢᎾ ᎠᎾᏱᎴᎩ ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᏏᏉᏲ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎠᏴᏖᏍᏗ ᏍᏆᏞᏍᏗ ᏱᏚᎾᏁᎶᎾ ᎠᎴ ᏫᎦᎶᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎢ, ᎠᎾᎵᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎬ, ᎠᎾᏱᎴᎬ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬ pep rallies. ᏐᎢᏃ ᏩᎾᎴᏅᎲ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎩ ᏛᎾᎴᏅᎯ ᎠᏁᎳᏗᏙᎲ concert ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
“ᏩᎩᎸᏉᏛ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏴᏖᏍᏗ ᏍᏆᏞᏍᏗ ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎸᎯ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᏍᎪᎯᏁ ᏗᎦᏂᏙᎯ Ashlyn King. “ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎸᎢ pep rallies ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏬᎳᏛ ᎨᏐ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᏃᎦᏛᏁᎵ spirit stick ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᎱᎵ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᏗᏍᎩ ᏓᎾᎦᎴᏂᏍᎪ ᏗᏂᏂᏙᎯ ᎨᏒ ᏓᏁᎪ ᎠᎴ ᏍᎪᎯᏁ ᏗᏂᏂᏙ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏌ ᎯᎠ spirit stick ᎣᏂ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎵᎯ pep rally.”
King ᎤᎴᏅᎲ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎧᏃᎩᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᏗᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏈᎬ ᏐᏁᎵᏁ ᏗᎦᏂᏙᎯ ᎠᎴ ᏓᏁᎶᎲᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ bass ᎠᎱᎵ ᎾᎿ ᏕᎬᏅᎰᎢ.
ᏍᎪᎯᏁ ᏗᎦᏂᏙ Sam Christie, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏁᎶᏗᏍᎩ quint tenor ᎾᎿ ᎠᎾᎢᏒ ᎾᎢ King ᎠᎢᎡ ᏓᏙᎵᎪ ᏓᏂᏃᎩᏍᏗᏍᎬ, ᎤᏖᎳᏕ ᎦᎵᏉᎩᏁ ᏗᎦᏂᏙ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏮᎸᏉᏛ ᎠᎾᏂᎩᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᏓᎾᎵᎢᏲᎪᎢ.
“ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᏗᏆᎵ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎬᏆᏖᎳᏛ ᏓᏂᏃᎩᏍᏗᏍᎬ, ᎾᎥ ᏗᏆᎵ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ, ᎠᎴ ᎤᏬᎸᏗ ᎣᏤᏙᎰ ᏓᏊᎪᏔᏅ ᎾᎿᎢ ᎨᎴᏍᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᎩᎸᏉᏓ ᏕᎦᏁᎶᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎱᎵ ᎤᎪᏓ,” ᎤᏛᏅ.
ᏳᏟᎢᎶᏝ ᎠᎾᏱᎴᎩ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᏅᏗᏍᎬ, ᏗᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᏙᎵᏙᎰ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏅᏓᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏔᎳᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎠᎵᏍᏆᏗᏍᎬ ᏙᏣᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᏬᎨᏙᎸ. ᎯᎠ ᏦᏣᏁᎶᎲᏍᎩ ᎣᎩᎩᏒ ᏌᏊ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᎣᏌᏂ, ᏃᎦᏛᏁᎸᎢ.
Willie ᎤᏛᏅ ᎦᎾᏱᎪ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬ ᏧᏔᎾ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎨᏐ, ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎬᏛᏗ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᏥᎨᏐ ᎾᏍᎩᏯ.
“ᏙᎯᏳ ᎦᎾᏱᎦ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᏍᏊ ᎠᏍᎦᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏬᎸᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏓ ᏙᎨᎲ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ. “ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎣᏓᏅᏛ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎪᎯᏓ ᎠᏂᏱᎵᏙᎰ ᎠᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏟᏃᎮᏙᏗ ᎢᎨᏐ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎾᏁᎵᏍᎬ ᏣᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᎠᎩᎸᏉᏓ ᎦᏕᎶᏆᏍᎪ ᎤᏟᏍᏗ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎨᎵᏍᎪ ᎠᎯᏓ ᎠᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎨᏐᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏭᏍᎪᎵᏴᎢ.