A year in review...
***If you would like to tryout for the Warrior Corps Marching Band, please contact Mr. Banks at 330-929-4205 ext. 167 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an audition.
We have openings for Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, Saxophones, Flute, and Percussion as well as colorguard.
Year In Review - 2015
The Warrior Corps Completes Its Second Season
The Walsh Jesuit High School Warrior Corps welcomes you to the 2015-16 season! We have completed our second season of being a full marching band after transitioning from a drum line. The Corps has performed in both the Akron and Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day parades, already garnering marching awards! Our Beatles show this year was a big hit with members and fans, celebrating the 50th anniversary of both their first American tour and WJHS’s beginnings! The Warrior Corps will continue to present entertaining and precision halftime shows, supporting the Football team and Basketball teams whenever it can, and being one of the many public, representative faces of Walsh Jesuit in Parades, and other events. Brand new brass and percussion instruments, as well new marching uniforms, with the newest uniform design anywhere in the country, have been supplied by our supportive administration.
Mr. David Banks will start his third year as director of the Warrior Corps. While he has been at WJ for 15 years doing Vocal Music and Drama, he also has extensive experience in this field. He was the Assistant Director of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Marching Band, and ran its pep band along with being the Instructor of Trumpet. He also was Director of the Gaelic Guard Marching Band at Bishop Gorman High School, where they won many awards, and were known for their entertaining and precision shows.
Mr. Donald Turoso will be returning to assist with the Corps and assist with the woodwinds. He is a 35 year music education veteran who has developed top rated music programs in Cuyahoga Falls, Glen Oak, and Jackson High Schools.
Flag Team Coordinator
Kim Eubank returns as our Flag Team Coordinator and will run Flag Team rehearsals and will coordinate their routines into the shows that the Warrior Corps does.
The Flag Team performs with the Corps for football halftime and pregame shows, parades and other events. When called upon, they will also perform on their own for different events. They will have a unique uniform, which will compliment what the Corps wears, but will stand on its own as performance wear. Entrance is by audition on May 8th, and being able to coordinate flag twirling while marching is a must. They must also have basic dance skills.
Drum Major: Clayton Webb
Piccolo Ashley McCartney
Alto Sax: Rachel Greene
Tenor Sax: John Giovanetti
Bari Sax: Zachary Koston
Trumpet: Alek Henderson
Euphonium: David Ertle
Bells: Marissa Jurczyk
Snare: Charley Antol
Bass: Michael Eckman
Colorguard: Dawn Rice
Director: David Banks
Assistant Director: Don Turoso
Percussion Coach: Noah Roberts
Colorguard Coach: Kim Eubank
History of the Walsh Jesuit Drum Line
The Walsh Jesuit drum line was formed in 2007 at the request of the Athletic Booster Club, which was hoping to create some "Warrior spirit" in the stands. Under the direction of Andy Truax, the group began practicing in the biology lab. Without instruments, they improvised on various objects to create their own cadences so they would be ready to perform once the instruments arrived. It wasn't until the end of the 2007 football season when the instruments finally arrived, and the Warrior beat could be heard.
CLICK HERE to read "A Drum Line Is Born" abut the start of the Walsh Jesuit Drum Line, as told by instructor Bonnie Rosati.