Marching Band performs with Challenger Band during football game

Blue Thunder Marching Band and Suzanne Middle School’s Challenger Band performed the “Star Spangled Banner” together at their annual show Thursday, Oct. 17 at Ken Gunn Stadium.

The performance gave Challenger Band an opportunity to see what the high school band program has to offer. The middle schoolers gained insight on how to work in sections as well as Marching Band’s techniques on where to stand during football game performances.

“Next year, when they become freshmen, they can perform the way we do and maybe even better,” trumpet player junior Sam Nuevo said. “I think they were excited about it and happy to be performing with us.”

The Challenger Band joined Marching Band in practicing the “Star Spangled Banner” before the game Thursday, Oct. 17 against Los Altos. Marching Band taught the Challengers how to tune their instruments before practicing other music.

“I know a lot of them are really excited when they come over because it’s a lot different than anything they do in middle school,” tuba player senior Nicholas Foord said. “Because of the bigger crowd, they feel like they’re at a high level.”

Marching Band heads to Suzanne Middle School every Wednesday for Music Mentors, an after school program aimed to help the middle schoolers with their music and answer any questions they have.

“They’re the future of our band, so we have to make sure they’re on the right track,” drumline member sophomore Gabriela Darmadi said. ”It was a lot of fun getting to see how much they progressed.”

By Sajjan Sandhu, Staff writer
Photo by Isaac Le