On Saturday, February 17 was the annual Winterfest. It is a time for school winter bands to come and compete with each other. The West Johnston Winter Drumline won first place in the competition.

“It is a huge fundraiser for the school band programs like marching band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, and winter drumline,” freshman Aidan Miller said.

The schools outside of West will come and perform in front of high level judges.

“This is basically their winter opener to get all the jitters out and get everything into place,” Band Director Lucas Meade said.

Senior Andrew Cece has never performed in a Winterfest competition, but has helped out.

“I worked with a lot of the technology stuff like the microphones and speakers for the judges. There are also other jobs like running around or concessions or even greeting the incoming schools,” Cece said.

Junior Ruben Sims enjoys participating in Winterfest.

“It is lots of fun and I feel a more personal connection with the audience. It is easier to see their reaction and expressions from our performance than for marching band,” Sims said.

Winterfest is an all day, 18 hour event.

“For the three years I have participated in it, it has always been a ton of fun and totally worth it,” junior Eli Collingwood said.