Marching Band and Color Guard stand on the field, ready to begin their show.

Blue Thunder Marching Band and Color Guard win top three at first competition

Blue Thunder Marching Band and Color Guard won second place at its first competition of the year Saturday, Oct. 9 at Colony High School. 

The Blue Thunder Marching Band and Color Guard totaled a score of 78.65 out of 100, winning second place. It performed its showpiece “The Greatest Showman” which consisted of the songs, “The Greatest Show,” “A Million Dreams” and “Come Alive,” performed in three movements. In addition, out of the 12 schools that went, the Blue Thunder Marching Band had the most members.

“I feel like we could’ve done better to get to first place. I could’ve memorized and performed my choreography better,” Color Guard member freshman Sriya Chava said. “Since it was our first competition I obviously wanted to win, but it was a great experience and I hope to do better in my next performance.”

Before its performance time, the marching band and Color guard gathered early at school at 12:00 p.m. to rehearse. Afterwards, at around 4:30 p.m., the band made its way to the competition location.

“To me it was more of a fun experience than a competition,” flute player freshman Mary Xu said. “Being able to practice with my friends in a big band and social environment really helps me a lot. I feel more confident when performing in a big group.”

Upon arrival, students started another hour-long practice session and ate turkey sandwiches supplied by parent volunteers for dinner. Due to previous online learning, some students have not gotten the chance to experience in-person marching. Leaders worked with their sections in one-on-one sessions.

“I think what’s really fun about being a leader is being able to work with the teacher or the band directors, and help the marchers grow [as a musician as well],” band leader and alto saxophone player senior Kevin Huang said. “Considering the circumstances, we’ve got a pretty good score for what’s happening right now.”

Stephanie Cheng, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Alice Chou