Marching band to host their march-a-thon

Blue Thunder Marching Band will participate in its annual March-a-thon Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the football stadium.

Band will be rehearsing its field show, “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” in front of friends and family to fundraise for competitions, festivals and transportation for the upcoming season.

“It’s really helpful and important for us to be able to have this extra time to practice, and I think it’s going to be good for us. We’re going to get a lot of work done,” clarinetist junior Ethan Ho said. “I think they’re going to be impressed with the work we’ve gotten done so far.”

Every hour that the band plays, it receives a donation from their sponsors (family and friends) to help support the band.

“It’s fun, but it’s also very tiring because we’re working a lot. We’re working hard because this show is more difficult than our past year, so it’s exciting,” saxophonist sophomore Yazmine Caamal said. “It’s really nice because they’re so helpful toward the band, and it’s good to know that your parents are helping you do something that you really love to do.”

Marching band looks to accurately reflect the theme of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at the march-a-thon in order to prepare for future competitions and festivals.

“I’m pretty excited because I like marching band. It’s like family. I’m most looking forward to putting it all together because the process of it is just really exciting,” flutist freshman Rachel Kao said. “Not only was it really fun to create, but it’s going to be exciting to see everyone’s reaction from it.”

By Flora Lei, Arts editor
Photo by Isaac Le