WJTV News Channel 12 - The Pride of Salem, a winning tradition

The Pride of Salem, a winning tradition

Posted: Updated:
  • SportsSportsMore>>

  • WSLS HS Camp Tour-Salem Spartans

    WSLS HS Camp Tour-Salem Spartans

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:39 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:39:36 GMT
      Salem was one win from a state finals berth a year ago, and they return the bulk of that squad in 2014.
          Salem was one win from a state finals berth a year ago, and they return the bulk of that squad in 2014.
  • Trey Edmunds reports from Virginia Tech on move in day

    Trey Edmunds reports from Virginia Tech on move in day

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:00:26 GMT
    The Virginia Tech Football Team was out in full force on Thursday assisting incoming freshman unpack their cars, and fill their dorms. Dan River product and now Virginia Tech Running Back Trey Edmunds was on hand helping his team mates with all the heavy lifting, he also took some time out to do a special report for WSLS 10.
    The Virginia Tech Football Team was out in full force on Thursday assisting incoming freshman unpack their cars, and fill their dorms. Dan River product and now Virginia Tech Running Back Trey Edmunds was on hand helping his team mates with all the heavy lifting, he also took some time out to do a special report for WSLS 10.
  • David Wilson aims for 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

    David Wilson aims for 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:37:55 GMT
    NEW YORK (AP) - Two weeks after ending his NFL career due to a neck injury, former New York Giants running back David Wilson is turning to track and field.The 23-year-old Wilson, who competed in the triple jump during high school and at Virginia Tech, intends to train in the event with an eye on making the United States team for the 2016 Rio Olympics.Speaking to reporters Monday at Citi Field, where he addressed schoo...
    NEW YORK (AP) - Two weeks after ending his NFL career due to a neck injury, former New York Giants running back David Wilson is turning to track and field.The 23-year-old Wilson, who competed in the triple jump during high school and at Virginia Tech, intends to train in the event with an eye on making the United States team for the 2016 Rio Olympics.Speaking to reporters Monday at Citi Field, where he addressed schoo...

     For the kids in the Salem marching band making music is a way of life putting on big shows under those Friday night lights is what they're known for.
A reputation that's long been in the making


"We've been known as the Pride of Salem since 1969 and every year we try our best to keep the tradition going," Chris Wilkes, the band director said.

 Prepping for the season these young musicians practice just as much as the football team. They start in July and keep on marching through December.

"I wait all year for marching season. it's a big part of my life and i love every bit of it," one band member said.

And they probably get about as much exercise as the football time just by being in the stands. They are constantly moving and dancing to the beat.

     For senior drum major Taylor Barker. playing for the Pride of Salem is more than performing;it's family

"We are really just such a family," Barker said..

"To be apart of it is just amazing. i mean it's one hundred and eleven kids who come from different places and its just amazing. it brings us all together and we really become a family because we spend so much time practicing and playing together."

 And that shows on the field. No one misses a beat as they march in unison.

A discipline that has earned them two state titles and countless trophies, as they are one of the top bands in Virginia.

 Leading the band for 12 years now Chris wilkes says despite the prestige they've earned it all comes down to making music.

 

"For us it's not about the trophies we win. we tell the kids every year that's its just about doing the best performance they can do every night.

 Its those crowd pleasing performances that keep these musicians the pride of Salem.

Powered by WorldNow

1820 TV Road
Jackson, MS 39204

Telephone: 601.372.6311
Fax: 804.819.5569
Email: wjtvnews@wjtv.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.