By Shari Perlstein
For most students and teachers at LCHS, school started on August 12th, but for the members of the LCHS marching band and color guard, school basically never ended. Band launched into an intense regimen of marching basics in the second week of summer. Then, two weeks before this school year started, they had marching band workshops for seven hours a day. With the help of Mr. Meyers, Mr. Stone, and their new choreographer, Mr. Hench, the students worked on improving their musicianship and marching techniques.
After workshops, the students embarked on a four-day excursion to Cal Poly Pomona for band camp. There, they worked on setting their spots on the field for the first movement of their three movement show. A normal day consisted of working for twelve hours on either marching or music, with hour-long breaks scattered throughout the day. This may sound overly intensive, but during those long hours on the field, students were learning the routine while also having fun, and growing closer as a group.
"We're not just a music program, we're a family," said junior Justin Huynh.
Their time and hard work at band camp culminated in a performance for their friends and family on the day they returned.
Meanwhile, the color guard was also working hard on routines that will be incorporated into the show. This included tossing equipment such as flags, rifles, and sabers. When they were not practicing their routines, they were preparing all the equipment to be in prime condition for the performances.
It seems like band is constantly working, but the students do not seem to mind the extra effort. The band is given plenty of time to relax and hang out. The students are placed into subgroups, (rightfully called “families”), that compete against each other in little challenges. They played games such as the Human Knot or Big Booty. The winning family of each game would get a point and the family with the most points at the end of marching workshops would earn early check-in at band camp. These games allowed the students to create a really close bond with each other, which was solidified even more during the night activities at band camp. On one night, there was a rotation of senior-run games ranging from Guess the Senior’s Baby Picture to Guess Which Quote Came From Which Senior. The family who won the most games would be first in line for the In-N-Out truck on Preview Night. The final night at band camp was spent at a candlelight vigil where each student got to say what they love about band and their goals for this year.
“Band has been one of the best experience of my high school career,” said sophomore Saira Singh.
Since the school year began, the practice schedule has become more relaxed. Every Tuesday and Thursday the students gather at the field for a three hour practice. At these practices, the band works on improving the show by adding choreography.
Be sure to come check out their magnificent show, Take to the Skies, at all the home football games.
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