Saint Paul’s Marching Wolves Tame the Lions!

Saint Paul’s Marching Wolves excelled in a busy October!

The band began the month with the Battle of the Bands against Covington High School. The following week, they performed with numerous students from different middle and elementary schools in an event called the Marching Pups. Later in October, they performed a special pre-game show for all veterans by playing the National Anthem and the Armed Forces Salute. Finally, they concluded their football season with their senior game. There, the band performed many traditional songs, such as Neil Armstrong’s “Basin Street Blues” and “Rise Up O Men of God.”

Highlights of the band’s performance at Covington are discussed below. 

Battle of the Bands

During the first week of October, the long-spanned rivalry with Covington High School peaked when the Marching Wolves took on the Covington High School Band in an unforgettable Battle of the Bands.

On October 7, at 5:00 p.m., the battle started with Saint Paul’s playing “Treasure” by Bruno Mars. This was followed by Covington playing “Word Up” by Cameo.

Then, the two drumlines came to the front of both bands and had an epic battle that can best be described by Saint Paul’s senior drumline member, Daren Delaune. “Although Covington put up a decent fight, playing most of our cadences, no one is a match for our drumline. We refuted the rhythms back at them, intimidated them, conquered them, and left victorious.”

The battle consisted of three rounds. In each round, the bands played two songs and two drum cadences each. Ultimately, both bands and the 500+ attendees experienced a spirited and amusing performance.

National Anthem Combo

Saint Paul’s has transitioned to playing a new version of the National Anthem over the past two years. This version consists of a small introductory fanfare before the anthem. The Marching Wolves lengthen the anthem because both Saint Paul’s and Covington play this exact version.

Before the game, it’s customary for the home team band to play the National Anthem on its field. However, this tradition was broken last year when Covington joined Saint Paul’s on their field to play the anthem. This year the new practice was established, as the Marching Wolves joined Covington’s band on their football field. Ultimately, the combining of the bands represents a united front for the crowd.

Speaking of traditions, the Marching Wolves also brought back their rule of the Super Six.

Super Six and Halftime

The Super Six is a Marching Wolves tradition that began in the early 1990s. The Super Six’s mission is to entertain the audience. Not only do they exceed these expectations every time they take the field, but they find new ways to open the eyes of the crowd through dance. The Super Six dances to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling.” Every time the dance team has taken the field they cause an explosion of laughter and excitement. This reminds us how although we may be rivals we are united through music and school spirit.

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