Band and Color Guard perform at Disneyland
Color Guard and Marching Band performed in their annual parade Saturday, Jan. 21 at Disneyland.
They marched to â€śUptown Funkâ€ť while marching throughout the park, selected to perform through the Disney Performing Arts Program.
â€śI thought it was such an amazing experience. Itâ€™s really fun to see all the smiling people cheering out of the corner of [my] eyes, and some even dancing. Just the fact that [I] get to be with [my] friends and play music, which is something that we all share a passion for, is really neat,â€ť drummer junior Christopher Ramirez said.
Color Guard and Marching Band entertained visitors in their 10-minute parade as they bonded with each other and gained experience in the field of music by performing in front of large crowds.
â€śThe weather was perfect, and marching was a nice experience with the banners leading the parade,â€ť Color Guard member senior Valerie Feng said. â€śBeing with all my close teammates is rare since Iâ€™m in a big group, and itâ€™s hard to find times when we are all free so it was a good bonding time.â€ť
Walnutâ€™s Marching Band and Color Guard has practiced since winter break, for more than four hours a week for three weeks, by marching around the track and rehearsing on the field.
â€śRehearsal was pretty exciting, but it was also really tiring. I built stamina by marching for long periods of time and became a better trumpet player as well,â€ť trumpeter freshman Dylan Wicks said. â€śThe parade was pretty enjoyable because [of the song] we performed to, which was fun. Even though the walk was tiring, the experience of playing in front of crowds of people was something Iâ€™ll never forget.â€ť
By Jeremy Hsiao, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Vincent Xie