Category: Boosters

Petition Drive to Reinstate Music Education in Norwich

Wildcat LogoFriends of Music:  An effort is underway to reinstate instrumental and choral music at Norwich Middle Schools.  The following information was provided by Mark Cook, who is championing this effort.  If you would like to support this effort, please contact him directly at

“Attention Norwich Residents: An effort is being made to reinstate instrumental & choral music education back into the day curriculum at both Kelly and Teachers’ Memorial middle schools in Norwich.  If you are a Norwich resident and you value the benefits of music education for Norwich Public School middle school students, please let us know if we can add your name to our petition seeking to reinstate music education at Kelly & Teachers’ Memorial.  Please reply here or email Mark Cook at  Please note, you must be a Norwich resident to be included on the petition.”

Click here to view petition letter:  NORWICH PARENTS AND RESIDENTS FOR MUSIC


WMB Supports Macy’s “Shop for a Cause”

WMB ensemble performs at Macy'sAn ensemble from the Wildcat Marching Band performed today at Macy’s in the Crystal Mall in Waterford in support of Macy’s annual “Shop for a Cause” fundraising event.  The ensemble delighted shoppers as they performed throughout the store.

Macy’s Shop for a Cause provides non-profit organizations, like the Wildcat Band Boosters, to raise funds for their groups.  WMB students sold passes that allowed purchasers to save 25% off virtually everything in the store.

Welcome to Band Camp 2013

Ka banner image with warriorThe 2013 Marching Band seasons swings into full gear tomorrow–Monday, August 12th–as students assemble for the first day of band camp.  Camp runs from 12 to 8 p.m. every day this week, except for Wednesday, when camp will end at 6 p.m. to accommodate the mandatory meeting for all parents and students.  Pre-season activities continue on August 18-21, when students will travel to retreat at Camp Aldersgate in Rhode Island.  In addition, there will be a Booster meeting on Thursday, August 15th at at 7 p.m.

This year’s field show is inspired by music from the Cirque du Soleil show Ka, an epically inspiring adventure.

Winter Concert this Tuesday

Several ensembles representing the Norwich Free Academy instrumental music program will perform in concert this Tuesday, December 11th.  The concert starts at 7:00 p.m. and will feature performances from the concert band, orchestra and marching band.  Guests are invited to join the band for a reception immediately following the concert.  The concert is being held at Kelly Middle School, which is located at 25 Mahan Drive in Norwich.

The Wildcat Band Boosters will be holding a silent auction at the concert.  The top prize is a gift package from Mohegan Sun Casino, which includes an overnight stay and a $100 gift certificate for Bobby Flay’s Bar American.  Bids will be collected until intermission, and the winner will be announced at the post-concert reception.  In addition, the Boosters will be auctioning props from the 2012 field show.

Ad Book Deadline Extended

Ad Book 2011 front coverTo allow students and parents additional time to sell ads for the Fall Classic Program, the deadline has been extended to Saturday, September 29, 2012.  Students and parents can submit their ads to Bryan Still or Mrs. Motola, or can send them by mail to the address printed on the ad order form.  Copies of the ad order forms can be found here.   Continue reading

Pit Crew Seeks Volunteers

Wildcat LogoThe Wildcat Band Boosters are seeking volunteers to help with the pit crew during the 2012 marching band season.  Mike Marion is the Pit Crew Captain this year, and Stan Walczyk is his principal assistant.  Based on the size of the band, and the fact that the field show includes a fairly large prop (the cube), the pit crew will need six to eight volunteers each week, although additional help is always welcomed.   Continue reading

The Cube Takes Shape

Photograph of the cube field prop under construction at NFA

Stan with his cube

While it doesn’t levitate, spin on its own, emit pyrotechnics or consume its enemies with lightning blots from its arse, the “cube” is starting to take shape.  You may ask, “What, exactly, is the cube?”  Simply put, it’s a prop for the 2012 Wildcat Marching Band field show, titled Minimally Speaking.  Like the show itself, the cube takes its inspiration from the artistic movement known as minimalism, which seeks to expose the essential elements of a subject by eliminating non-essential features.  Minimalism emerged as a movement in the arts after World War II and reached its zenith in the 1960s and 1970s. Continue reading