CVHS marching band goes competitive

For the first time ever, the CVHS marching band will participate in competitions against other high schools throughout the Bay Area. This year, the band will be perform at two field show competitions: the Valley Christian Field Show and the Dublin High School Field Show.

In addition to competing for the first time, the ensemble has also expanded to include a new color guard group, a section without any music involved. The color guard provides visual enhancement to the marching band performance, while also complementing the music.

The theme of this year’s show is Cirque Du Soleil, featuring music from the popular acrobatic show, with pieces such as “Distorted,” “Journey of Man,”, and “Incantation.”

The students involved in the ensemble are hugely dedicated and attend practices on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after schools, as well as on Saturdays. Students were also required to attend a week-long band camp over the summer to get a head start on marching.

The band is under the student leadership of drum majors Lindsey Guan and André Juntilla, as well as assistant drum majors Julee Ancheta and Griffin Beresini. The band is also working together with professional drum, marching, and pit instructors.

Although the practices can often be tedious, the hard working band is excited to be introduced to the competitive environment.

“I’m excited that we’re competing this year,” said Guan. “When I was a freshman, we’d look at James Logan High School. They have an amazing marching band program, and this giant bus!”

The band has made tremendous progress since last year, and the students are feeling the pressure of competing for the first time.

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