William Mason Marching Band
Message from Mr. Sleppy
Hello Mason Band Families!
On the verge of a new season, it is humbling to look back on the past 3 years which have taken us through some of the most challenging times in our lives. I put myself in the shoes of our rising seniors who were introduced to the marching band in 2019 with “WHAT LIES BENEATH”…playing on slides and dressed in brilliant colors! Then came the 2020 season and the pandemic which was certainly UNINVITED. However, the students forged ahead amid tight restrictions, modified schedules, and canceled competitions, and we were rewarded with one of the most special celebration days in Lucas Oil Stadium. In 2021 we took to the skies with TOP GUN, again performing on the national stage as the band returned to finals competition after the prior year’s cancellations.
These past seasons have taught us that it is not just about the ending destination, but about the journey, the process, and the time we spend together. We look forward to establishing new relationships, strengthening old ones, and working together to create the family we call Mason Bands. We look forward to working hard, pushing each other, and pursuing excellence in all we do. We look forward to the excitement before a show, the thrill of competition, and the rush after a great performance.
We have so much to be grateful and excited for in 2022, and I look forward to embarking on our journey together!
The William Mason Marching Band is the largest student organization on campus with ~275 students involved. Students in 9th through 12th grade make up one of the best high school marching bands in the nation. The Marching Band season takes place from late May, with most of summer break off, to mid November.
Marching Band is a co-curricular activity that meets entirely outside of the school day. Students receive one-half credit and can also earn PE credit for their participation. All musicians in Marching Band must be enrolled in one of the school concert bands. The Marching Band season begins with a short mini-camp in May, following the end of school. Band Camp begins in late July with daily sessions. During the school year, Marching Band rehearses several times a week and performs at home football games as well as some away football games.
The Marching Band performs in several competitions in the Mid-States Band Association and Bands of America circuits. Mason also hosts several competitions, with more information in the “Resources” section of the website. The Mason Marching Band has performed in Indianapolis, IN; St. Louis, MO; Pontiac, MI; Atlanta, GA, as well as Pasadena, CA in the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade.
The Marching Band has been named the MSBA Open Class Champion numerous times, as well being BOA Regional Champions in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. The Band attended the 2019 OSU Buckeye Invitational. Mason has been a finalist in Bands of America Grand National Championships eight times times, placing 10th in 2011, 8th in 2012, 6th in 2013, 5th in 2014, 4th in 2015, 3rd in 2016,7th in 2018 and 7th in 2019. In 2016, the band was awarded the “Outstanding Visual Effect” award in Class AAAA in Semi Finals, their first caption award at Grand Nationals.
In 2011, the William Mason Marching Band was awarded the Sudler Shield. The Band is recognized as one of the top high school marching bands in the country and has been featured in Halftime Magazine.