Boyd County Band Marches at the State Fair in Grand Island
The Boyd County Band had a beautiful day to travel to Grand Island to march at the Nebraska State Fair! Enjoy some pictures of the 7-12 grade students marching! A big thanks goes out to Sheryl Hiatt for the pictures!
West Boyd Spaghetti Supper and Pops Concert
The West Boyd Spaghetti Supper and Pops Concert was held at the MS/HS gym on April 21st. The night started out with Spaghetti, garlic bread, and a wide variety of salads and desserts. Dinner was followed by the 5th and 6th grade band, and then the Junior High and High School band. Next was the K-12 choir and the HS choir singing an arrangement of songs. It was a fantastic program! Enjoy some pictures and videos below!
John Philip Sousa was an American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era, known primarily for American military and patriotic marches. Because of his mastery of march composition, he is known as “The March King”, or the “American March King”. Among his best-known marches are “The Stars and Stripes Forever” (National March of the United States of America), “Semper Fidelis” (Official March of the United States Marine Corps), “The Liberty Bell” (used as the theme for Monty Python’s Flying Circus), “The Thunderer” and “The Washington Post”.
Sousa began his career playing violin and studying music theory and composition under John Esputa and George Felix Benkert. His father enlisted him in the United States Marine Band as an apprentice in 1868. After departing the band in 1875, Sousa learned to conduct. From 1880 until his death, he focused exclusively on conducting and the writing of music. He eventually rejoined the Marine Band and served there for 12 years as director. On leaving the Marine Band, Sousa organized his own band. He toured Europe and Australia and developed the sousaphone, a large brass instrument similar to the helicon and tuba. At the outbreak of World War I, Sousa was commissioned as a lieutenant commander and led the Naval Reserve Band in Illinois. Following his tenure, he returned to conduct the Sousa Band until his death in 1932.
Even after death, Sousa continues to be remembered as “The March King” through a high school and collegiate award program for marching band. The John Philip Sousa Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 1981, recognizes one superior student in marching band for “musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation.” The John Philip Sousa Foundation provides awards, scholarships, and projects such as The Sudler Trophy, The Sudler Shield, The Sudler Silver Scroll, The Sudler Flag of Honor, The Historic Roll of Honor, The Sudler Cup, The Hawkins Scholarship, National Young Artists, The National Community Band, and The Junior Honor Band Project.
This year at West Boyd, the John Philip Sousa Award was awarded to Senior, Ridge Higgins! CONGRATS RIDGE!
West Boyd MS/HS Christmas Concert
On Tuesday, December 13th, Mrs. Thiry directed the 2016 West Boyd MS/HS Christmas program full of singing and instrumental pieces.
West Boyd Band Aerial View
On Friday, September 23rd, the West Boyd band marched in the Lynch Homecoming Parade. Check out these sweet aerial views!
The West Boyd Band marched in Grand Island on Tuesday, August 30th at the State Fair. Thanks to Gloria Weber for these great pictures!!