Marching Band performs to parents

Blue Thunder Marching Band performed a preview of its field show at a parent meeting Tuesday, Aug. 20.

The teachers wanted to display what Marching Band rehearses during its Tuesday night practices that takes place every week from 5 – 9 p.m.

“Yesterday was one of the best Tuesday night practices we’ve had,” baritone player junior Evan Zita said. “There was a whole lot of energy and enthusiasm on the field. Everyone was quick, efficient, focused and ready to learn which allowed us to practice really well.”

Choreographed by Ryan Milligan and based on “Alice in Wonderland,” its field show consists of three sets and a compilation of songs from the soundtrack. An issue during their practice was that they were unable to march in rhythm without their metronome. 

“We were really productive yesterday since we were able to improve our [synchronization] and added a visual,” clarinetist sophomore Ethan Tungpalan said. “After practicing together many times, we feel like a family since we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We improve each other by giving feedback and motivation.”

The field show will be performed at the annual Branding Iron football game Friday, Aug. 23 as well as at other competitions and performances.

“I can definitely sense some nervousness from some of the new members in the band because this will be their first time performing in front of the school while in uniform,” Zita said. “As for me, I feel confident in playing my instrument and marching because of the practices that I’ve had since freshman year.”

By Philbert Loekman, Arts editor
Photo by Tristan Gonzalez