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Returning to rehearsals


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Face-to-face interactions | Drumline rehearses rhythm exercises in front of the band room to refine technique and practice fundamentals while getting used to playing together again. “I really like [in-person practices],” sophomore Aidan Lam said. “It’s motivating actually hearing drums rather than just a metronome. “

Dance Team, Color Guard, Cheer and drumline began in-person practices on campus Monday,  Nov. 2. All students are required to wear face masks and remain six feet apart while on campus.

Dance Team is split into new dancers and returners, in two cohorts of 12 for practice. The dancers rehearse choreography and kick routines near the basketball courts and dance room from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. With their first competition in February and Nationals in March, Dance Team continues to prepare for a possible competition season.

“[Dance Team members are] laughing again and making fun of each other like normal, so [practice] feels great,” head dance coach Audrey De Guzman said. “It’s just one step closer to having a full team on campus, so it feels good to be home.”

Color Guard practices on campus Wednesdays from 4:30-6 p.m. near the handball courts and cafeteria stage. The members maintain a safe distance apart while practicing their routines with guard poles, sabres or rifles in hand. In two cohorts of 12, Color Guard sharpens their choreography and rehearses for upcoming virtual projects.

“You could tell by the way [the students] were talking to each other that it was good to be in person,” Color Guard adviser Katelyn Takahashi said. “They had huge smiles on their faces, even though you couldn’t see it under their masks.”

Outside the band room, drumline rehearses with their drums and music stands, each cleaned with disinfectant wipes before practice. The 12 battery members practice multiple exercises and music pieces together on Wednesdays from 4:30-6 p.m.

“We stress the importance of personal accountability and honesty,” head percussion instructor Orlando Cazares said. “The big picture is that it’s not just drums, not just band, it’s about being together and doing this entire thing that they put so much time and dedication into.”

Cheer practice begins at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. The girls stretch and practice their cheers, each with unique chants and formations, in preparation for any future sports games that they may be able to potentially perform at again. 

“It was great to be back as a team and see everyone do cheers together,” varsity junior Kaitlyn Tran said. “Being able to put all [the cheers] together and hear everyone’s voices was nice.”

By Sophia Parungao, Staff writer
Photo by Kevin Lu