Preview: Marching band and color guard to compete at first competition

Blue Thunder Marching Band and color guard will perform their field show in their first competition of the year Saturday, Oct. 20 at Centennial High School.

The public event is Marching Band’s chance to receive critique from a panel of judges. Its scores will be decided based on visual performance, musical performance, visual effect and musical effect with separate scores for auxiliary and percussion.

“[Our performance] is all about [setting] first impressions. This is our first real [time to] see whether our members are proud of the work they’ve put in and are confident in what they’re playing. We want to set the right tone,” assistant drum major senior Christopher Yang said.

This show will be performed to the theme “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” It will incorporate elements such as double-sided Christmas trees painted black and green, as well as choreography following the rhythms of the songs.

“I really like that we’re doing ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ because I feel like it’s more creative than what we’ve done in the past, and it’s something people can relate to because almost everyone has seen the movie. The music complements the overall mood,” synthist sophomore Kayla Hao said.

In addition, the performance will include a flute solo and two trumpet solos by freshman Chloe Yow, sophomore Rayyan Zaid and junior Lina Hua respectively.

“It’s an honor to be able to feature such a pretty instrument as the flute. Having this solo is nerve-wracking because I’m afraid I’m going to mess up, but it’s exciting too,” Yow said.

Color guard members, dressed to resemble haunted dolls, will accompany the ensemble as they dance with flags, rifles and swords.

“When we run through our routine, it makes me proud to see how much we’ve improved from tryouts. I know this is because of how hard we try when we practice, on our own time or with each other,” color guard member freshman Anna Cai said.

The preparation for the competition began when the pieces were introduced last year. Since then, the routine has been refined through Tuesday-night practices, and all performers will sing a song together before the competition begins to amp spirit.

“The last few months have been stressful because we’ve had so much to perfect in just this much time,” mellophonist freshman Lilly Foord said. “We’ve pushed ourselves a lot, but [it’s because] we only get four years at high school. This competition is where we get hard proof that we’re getting better and that marching band is a good way to spend [these years].”

By Tara Kulshrestha, Staff writer
Photo by Erin Tan