Graduating seniors honored during truncated marching band season

Callie Pautler, Staff Writer


The fall is usually the time for the Greeley West Spartan Marching Band to shine. Marching band students are just one big family and being separated from each other is what makes the situation extremely difficult due to the hybrid scheduling for the pandemic.

With just three home football games this season (and the last one being against Greeley Central), senior night was held on October 23.  

Walking out onto the football field for the second to last halftime performance of their senior year on October 23, gives seniors time to reflect as they were recognized for their hard work. “When we perform the music that we have been going over for a while practicing to get it just right,” Ricardo Maldanado expressed as he thought about his past four years.

Even though there was no actual marching this year the band was still able to work hard on music and perform during the game and for the halftime performance.

The year 2020 really took a toll on the marching band. “It was sad that we couldn’t do some of the same activities for marching band this year that we usually do,” Maldonado said.

With everything that has been going on, COVID still hasn’t stopped the band director, Mr. Chet Arthur from teaching music and giving the band a season. “Being able to still rehearse the marching music, even though we aren’t marching, (hopefully) gives a sense of the ‘marching season’ is still there,” Arthur said.

The last game the Greeley West Spartans will perform at this year is the West vs. Central game on Friday night.