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Marching Band places first at field tournament

Blue Thunder Marching Band competed in its first field tournament of the season Saturday, Oct. 12 at Colony High School.

Marching Band competed against three other schools in the 6A division and won overall Tournament Champions. With their performance, they scored 81.70 and also won High Percussion, High Auxiliary, High Visual and High General Effect.

“I think the performance was very good, [and] it was a lot better than usual. I think the whole band was very focused, and we all were equally determined to do our best for the show. That’s why we locked in together and played the best show we could [to get] such a high score,” bass drummer senior Amanda Ayerdis-Carmargo said. 

Marching Band’s three-movement, eight-minute performance conveyed the story of “Alice in Wonderland,” this year’s field show theme. The first movement has an upbeat tempo with the introduction of the wonderland, reflective of Alice’s journey through the forest whereas the second section is slower and more solemn. The field show ends with a large visual and auditory flourish with a performance by Color Guard and a number from the band.

“I think [playing on the field] is exhilarating. It was a different kind of feeling [because] I got to show my performing side and really put my best out on the field to try to make everyone in the audience enjoy our performance. Marching Band is a team effort, so I think that when I show my best I’m able to influence others to also be their best,” alto saxophone senior William Go said.  

Marching Band practice, which consists of after school rehearsals from 5-9 p.m. on Tuesdays, also gives members opportunities to befriend fellow band members and build team bonds. 

“Practicing [together] for hours on end when it’s either really hot or really cold outside [does mean] we’re suffering, but we’re suffering together. These 200 people are all working [toward] the common goal of performing this one show and doing as perfect in every way possible to make it good for the judges,” alto saxophone player sophomore Matthew Carreon said. “Band is like a family, just a massive one with so many people.”

Marching Band’s next field tournament takes place on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Centennial High School.

By Margaret Lee, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Blue Thunder Marching Band

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