Worthington High School Trojan Band
‘SPIRIT OF WORTHINGTON’ TROJAN MARCHING BAND
From Worthington, Minnesota
Band Size:158 Members (106 winds, 12 percussion; 23 colorguard; 12 frontline / props crew; 4 commanders)
Commanders: Oziel Briones, Erkinesh Bonnett, Kate Robinson, Mery Ramos
Director: Michael Thompson
Additional Support Personnel: Zach Brandt (assistant director); Rebecca Tims (color guard); Ashley Hoefker (drumline); Anne Foley (historian); Dr. Ward Miller (music arrangement); Matt Tims (percussion book); Sarah Thursby (color guard book and consultant); Brent Turner (visual consultant); Robyn Welch (head chaperone); Nickel, Larson, and Dykstra Families (equipment trailer transportation).
Parade Music: 2022 Parade Show- NYC! This year’s production, NYC!, takes us on a tour of New York City as we experience the sights and sounds that the city has to offer. We start our show on the North Side of the Island in the Washington Heights area with the theme from In The Heights by Lin-Manuel Miranda. We then travel south, catching a glimpse of what Central Park has to offer as we head to our next destination, the 9/11 Memorial. Here, we hear a beautiful original work that features a trumpet duet that slowly comes together as we see and hear World Trade Center One appear in the music and on the street. From there, we take a short subway ride, represented in the drum break, up to Times Square with an upbeat arrangement of Roaring 20’s by Panic! At The Disco.
Recent Honors: Over the past decade, the WHS Trojan Band has captured several Parade Grand Championships, Sweepstakes and People’s Choice Awards as well as caption awards for guard, drumline, winds, commanders and visuals, both regionally and nationally, including the Outback Bowl, Tampa, FL; Hollywood Christmas Parade, Hollywood, CA; McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Chicago, IL; Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Atlanta, GA; Anoka Halloween Parade, Anoka, MN; Area Lakes Festival of Bands, Chester, SD; River City Band Festival, Chamberlain, SD; Battle of the Bands, Lake Crystal, MN; March to the Meridian Band Festival, Yankton, SD; Tri-State Band Festival, Luverne, MN; Festival of Bands, USA, Sioux Falls, SD; Algona Band Day, Algona, IA, the Waseca Marching Classic, Waseca, MN, and Winona Steamboat Days, Winona, MN
2022 Summer/Fall Parade Season: ‘Meet The Trojans’, Harry Wenger Band Festival – Owatonna, MN, Steamboat Days Parade – Winona, MN, WHS Homecoming, & King Turkey Day Parade – Worthington, MN; Tri-State Band Festival – Luverne, MN; Algona Band Day – Algona, IA; Turkeyfest Parade – Curero, TX, The Marching Band Indoor Concerts & Holiday Parade – Worthington, MN.
Band Background: The Marching Trojans are proud to represent the City of Worthington and Independent School District 518. Under the direction of Michael Thompson, the ‘Spirit of Worthington’ Trojan Marching Band is part of a collaborative music program at WHS where students can participate in any of the 12-performance and non-performance based music classes currently offered including the award-winning Worthington HS Concert Band, Concert Choir and Orchestra. Please welcome the Marching Trojans of Worthington High School!