Those who attend Friday night football games are familiar with the Black Knight Marching Band performing both classic and modern tunes during halftime. Wade Schimmoeller can be seen in the mix playing the tenors and marching alongside his fellow bandmates. As a senior, Schimmoeller is proud to help lead the Black Knight Marching Band along to state, as the band has qualified for state once again for the second time in school history on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. The marching band received several awards and ratings at the competition that lead them to state such as a superior rating overall, first place in class C, and best visual overall.
Schimmoeller finds it “kind of surreal” that he and the marching band are going to state. 2009 was the last time the marching band qualified for state and from that point on, the band’s focus went towards trying to qualify again. “Finally pulling it (qualifying for state) off for my senior year is kind of cool and really, really surreal,” says Schimmoeller.
Besides participating in band for eight years and marching band for five years, Schimmoeller has been involved in several other extracurricular activities throughout high school. He has been active in show choir for eight years, as well as choir. Schimmoeller previously was a member of the quiz bowl team for two years and played golf freshman through junior year, but took some time off of golf to enjoy and focus on his last year of band. In addition to his school activities, Schimmoeller has also been in Hancock All-County Honors Choir and D3 Honors Choir.
Schimmoeller’s hobbies and interests include drumming, attending car shows, playing with his nieces, riding fourwheelers, and hanging out with his girlfriend. Schimmoeller also keeps himself busy by maintaining a job at Culver’s where he’s worked for about a year.
Having already being accepted to Bowling Green State University and Eastern Michigan University, Schimmoeller is currently deciding which university to attend, though he is heavily leaning towards B.G.S.U. He plans on majoring in business administration. “I’m kind of a people person,” says Schimmoller as he explains why he chose that route. “I haven’t always seem to be good around people, but I’ve kind of come to like talking and interacting with people. Plus I like messing around with numbers.”
Are you an early bird or a night owl? Probably a night owl. I hate getting up in the morning.
Where’s your favorite place to eat? I don’t really have a favorite place. I mean, I love food. I eat a lot of different places. But if I had to pick one, I’d probably have to say Bob Evan’s.
If you could go back in time and change one thing, whether it be a choice you made or something you wish would have happened instead, what would it be? Probably just not focusing on the little fun things, ‘cause I just wasted so much time worrying about the band not being good enough or my golf game not being good enough or always worrying about my grades. I just spent way too much time worrying about that stuff instead of just enjoying all of it.
What will you miss most about high school once you graduate? Probably going to be band and choir.
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