Members of the Walled Lake Northern majorettes hold up the plaque from their national title on Aug. 22 at Walled Lake Northern High School.

Members of the Walled Lake Northern majorettes hold up the plaque from their national title on Aug. 22 at Walled Lake Northern High School.

Photo by Sean Work


Walled Lake Northern majorettes win big in national competition

By: Sherri Kolade | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published August 24, 2018

 Walled Lake Northern majorette Brenna Assenmacher, 14, takes part in a practice Aug. 22 at Walled Lake Northern High School.

Walled Lake Northern majorette Brenna Assenmacher, 14, takes part in a practice Aug. 22 at Walled Lake Northern High School.

Photo by Sean Work

WEST BLOOMFIELD —The Walled Lake Northern majorettes, a section of the Walled Lake marching band and members of the Twirl-M’s Baton Twirling Group, have a lot to be proud of.

The Walled Lake Northern majorettes won the National Baton Twirling Association’s High School Majorette Line Dance Twirl Championship for a second year in a row in a July 25 competition at the University of Notre Dame. 

This year’s team is made up of nine Walled Lake Northern High School students ranging from freshmen to seniors.

“This is our largest line ever at WLN, and to win amongst some tough competition is such an honor,” Rhonda Muscaro said in a press release. Muscaro is the director of the Twirl-M’s — a group that formed almost 20 years ago — and has been the coach of the Walled Lake Northern majorettes for 14 years.  “All of these young ladies are members of the Twirl-M’s and have worked for many years to sharpen their skills to be a part of the high-level majorette squad.”

Muscaro said that the win comes with history. The Walled Lake Northern majorettes have won five of their last six competitions. 

According to the press release, the team will be performing this fall with the Walled Lake Northern Knights marching band under the direction of Mary Hulliberger.

Muscaro said in a phone interview that everyone is “very grateful” for the win.

“The girls did their very best with the no-drop routine during a 2 1/2-minute routine — they didn’t have any drops,” she said. “We were ecstatic about that.”

Muscaro said that this group of girls jelled well and has a lot of talent. Last year, there were seven participants.

“So we have a couple of new members — the girls have to audition each year for the band,” she said.

Jordan Olsen, 17, a Twirl-M’s member and a Walled Lake Northern High School marching band student, has been at this for a long time.

Olsen joined the Twirl M’s 11 years ago and said it has “opened many doors” for her.

She picked up the baton after seeing her neighbor practicing majorette moves. Now Olsen is practicing herself with the Twirl-M’s twice a week.

Olsen joined the group as a “recreation twirler,” then became a competitive twirler.

“It’s been a wonderful experience for me,” she said. One of the things she’s learned is how to perform under pressure. “Because when we’re out on the field, we’re performing for so many people — it can be nerve-wracking.”

Muscaro said that she instills in her girls that a marching band can function without majorettes, but majorettes cannot be without a marching band.

“I teach my girls that … we would not be who we are without a fantastic marching band led by Mary Hulliburger,” she said of the 181-member band. “Our main function, our main purpose, is to be a member of the marching band.”

Hulliburger said that the Twirl M’s put in countless hours of preparation and practice, “and they sacrifice a lot. They are true athletes in every since of the word, and they are just wonderful young women as well.” 

She said the Twirl M’s group trains students to twirl competitively.

“We train them to be high school majorettes,” she said. Some want to learn to baton twirl to march in parades or just for fun. “We have a lot of things we do in our group, one of which is to be high school majorettes.”

Muscaro said     new members are always welcome.

For more information, contact Muscaro at twirlmbaton@gmail.com, or go to www.wlnmb.org or twirlm.com.