Band Goes to the Championships

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Band Goes to the Championships

Esperanza Entertainment Unit at the football game against Filmore the day before their championship competition.

Esperanza Entertainment Unit at the football game against Filmore the day before their championship competition.

Shaylee Matthews

Esperanza Entertainment Unit at the football game against Filmore the day before their championship competition.

Shaylee Matthews

Shaylee Matthews

Esperanza Entertainment Unit at the football game against Filmore the day before their championship competition.

Band went to Band Championships on Saturday, Nov. 16 and ended up getting eighth place.

This was the band’s last event before the season ended. Davis said, “I wouldn’t say that I am nervous about any part of the process, but rather that we are very excited to show how all of our hard work has paid off from August to now.”

Spencer Ellison, sophomore, said that, “the hardest part of band is being coordinated with everyone around you, as well as being able to play and march at the same time for eight minute long shows.”

At the Band Championships, “all of the bands in the southern California School Band and Orchestra association that compete in field shows are grouped according to their ensemble size. In our division, there were 28 bands that applied for a championship consideration, and Saturday the top 12 competed in those championships,” Davis said.

To prepare for the championships, they practiced during zero period every day, after school on Wednesdays until 7 p.m., and after school every Thursday until 4:30 p.m.

Ellison said, “I think this year, we have a lot of potential and can be really good, but we just have to have a better work ethic and care as a band.”

Siomara Totolzintle, sophomore, said that one of the hardest parts of band for her is the long practices and how late the competitions end, which can be hard when she has a lot of homework to do after.

Davis also said, “We have a great group of students, and a show that is really fun to perform and has been well received by the audience. I can’t wait to see how far they can take this in the next eight days.”