DHS band enjoys fruit of hard work, commitment
The De Soto High School Marching Wildcats returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., having represented the community, school district and the state in a Memorial Day Parade and observance at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers and Arlington Cemetery.
It's been an eventful year for band members, starting nine long months ago at the De Soto Days parade. Along the way, the band has entertained at home football games, garnered top honors at festivals, played before a host of dignitaries at the ceremonies marking the transfer of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant and raised the money to make the trip to the nation's capital.
The invitations and the awards speak to the band's excellence, which was also confirmed at its many performances. That consistent high level of performance also speaks not only of the talent of its members but their willingness to learn what their student leaders, what Justin Love and Robert Foster are teaching and their internal drive to excel.
As late as the day of departure for Washington, Love and Foster put the band through a final practice at which they were still teaching and demanding improvement.
Clearly being a member of the band demands pride and commitment.
We would like to add our late salute to the band for a great year and the standard it left for the future.