A noteworthy season for Ramona High’s marching band and color guard
By Jenna Kubiak
“Just Simply Outstanding” is the phrase that best describes the 2011 marching season for the Ramona High School Royal Alliance Marching Band and Color Guard.
The marching band and color guard have had an outstanding, successful season this year. The band competes in two separate circuits: SCSBOA (Southern
California School Band & Orchestra Association) and MBOS (Marching Band Open Series), which is a more difficult, competitive circuit.
In addition, two of those competitions include “band reviews,” also known as competitive parades. The show theme this year was “Classic to Contemporary,” which consisted of classic music and drill performance that became more contemporary as the show progressed and featured entertaining visuals as well.
In SCSBOA, the band was awarded five first place, two second place, and two third place trophies this season. In addition, they were awarded the AM Sweepstakes Trophy at Mira Mesa High School, the trophy awarded to the band with the highest combined field show and parade scores.
At the Scripps Ranch High School Tournament, the band won first place with a 67, and the color guard won. At the Mt. Carmel High School Band Review & Field Tournament, they won first place field show with a 76.25 and first place parade with an 85.25 under Drum Major Jeanette DeWeerd. The Color Guard won second place field show with a 67.0 and first place parade with an 82.3.
At the Mira Mesa High School Band Review and Field Tournament, the band won second with a 72.30 in field show and second in the parade with an 83.50. In addition, the percussion section received a second place reward specific to their class with an 81.0. The color guard took third place in the parade with a 77.5, despite missing three members for an SAT test that morning. The Parade drum major for this competition, Myiah Winn, received a second place award for drum major in the Parade Competition.
The band also attended two MBOS Tournaments this season. The number of band members increased to 64 members, so the marching band moved up one division in the MBOS circuit. The band received fifth place out of eight bands with a 63.55 at its first competition, and placed seventh out of 11 with a 68.65 at the Championships Competition. Being a young band in a larger, more competitive division and the smallest in its class, this was considered an exceptional achievement.
This year, the band purchased two new equipment trailers, for which band members are very grateful. The band’s equipment truck caught on fire last year on the way to the championships tournament. The band thanks the parents, families and community for their support in helping raise funds to purchase these trailers.
Band members also said they are greatly thankful for the parents’ efforts. Without the parents’ help and support, many things would not be possible. It takes approximately 15 parents at football games and 20 parents at competitions to fulfill all the roles needed. These parents help out with many things: inspecting uniforms, fixing hair, loading and moving equipment to and from performances, giving band members water, chaperoning, serving meals at competitions, and putting seat covers on stands at football games.
The community is also thanked for supporting the band by coming to concerts and providing donations.
The band is not done performing after marching season, however. During winter, the students transition into a “symphonic” band, which is a form of concert band. The public can see the band perform at various concerts throughout the year.
The band will host its Winter Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. in the RHS gymnasium. The band hopes to also have an exceptional symphonic band season this upcoming year, just like the marching band season. Band members strive to keep improving year after year and look forward to entertaining everyone with their melodious presentations.
Jenna Kubiak, a Ramona High School student, is Royal Alliance Band & Color Guard publicist.
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