Marching band and color guard compete at San Gorgonio High School

Blue Thunder Marching Band and color guard placed first in their third competition of the year Saturday, Nov. 3 at San Gorgonio High School.

Walnut won awards for high auxiliary, visual and general effects, earning first place in their division and becoming the tournament champions. Inspired by the movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” the eight-minute performance consisted of props such as a wooden mountain and spinning Christmas trees.

“There’s this beginning part [when] we [perform] a flag impact point. So, we toss in the beginning, [and] then we stare at the audience,” color guard captain senior Pauline Utomo said. “That’s one of my favorite parts because everyone in the crowd goes wild because it’s really quiet and scary.”

Both organizations performed three sequences, or individual movements, together. Marching band and color guard set respective dots, or positions, for their members to organize and unify the performance. Color guard performed in doll outfits, and marching band played songs such as “This is Halloween” and “Sally’s Song” by Daniel Elfman.

“It was very nerve-wracking because we went against Diamond Bar, [but it] was really exciting,” trumpeter freshman Isaac Baker said. “It was really fun [and] awesome to be a part of [the performance].”

Over the past few months, the two organizations have prepared during their weekly Tuesday practice sessions from 5 to 9 p.m.

“We learn new visuals sometimes during Tuesday practice, and they add more to our visual effect score in competitions,” clarinetist junior Michael Lee said. “All in all practice really helps to improve and sharpen up the show.”

By Landon Park, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Chloe Yow