Marching Band performs in Walnut Family Festival parade

Marching Band performed at the annual Walnut Family Festival on Saturday. Oct. 11. A total of 150 members took part in the one-hour march, which stretched from La Puente Road to Walnut High School from 10-11 a.m. The band featured “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” an arrangement with a quick paced tempo that provides an upbeat and cheery song.

“I think we did pretty well because this was our second so the whole band had experienced how it felt like to march in a parade,” trombonist junior Ethan Lung said. “My favorite part of the parade was seeing [the crowd’s] reaction while we marched down the street. Being able to hear the people applaud us and cheer for us was amazing.”

For preparation, in addition to their daily morning routine, the band practiced on Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m. and Fridays from 3-9 p.m.

“There are teachers who made sure our forms are good. If not, we had to count beats when we do it second time. It was hard since we have to memorize music and look to the side to make sure we’re guiding,” saxophonist freshman Hannah San Gabriel said.

Family and friends who came to watch and support the band also gave members extra motivation to perform at a high level.

“I felt excited and supported, since I knew my family were watching me and it gave me encouragement,” trumpetist sophomore Kevin Yu said. “It gave me a purpose to see so many people watching us, enjoying their lives and our music.”

Though Marching Band has participated in several parades this year already, the Walnut Family Festival gave musicians a way to express while giving back to the community.

“It’s our home parade. I’ve been to Disneyland and LA County Fair, but the Family Festival is the one that we treasure a lot more because it’s the closest to home,” percussionist sophomore Rachel Miles said. “There is more support – these people go to our school, go to our football games, and support our band. It’s only fair that they should get paid back.”

By Sabrina Wan, Arts editor

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