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Marching Band draws the curtain on this season’s championships

LAHS Marching Band and Colorguard at the WBA Regional Championships at James Logan High School.
Courtesy John Scarboro
LAHS Marching Band and Colorguard at the WBA Regional Championships at James Logan High School.

The Los Altos High School Eagles Marching Band and Color Guard took their final bow of the season after their production “All the World’s A Stage” claimed 10th place in the Western Band Association (WBA) Regional Championships.

All season long, Marching Band delivered consistent performances at several competitions to advance to the WBA championship finals. They placed third at the Cupertino Tournament of Bands, the Gilroy Garlic City Classic and the Independence Band Tournament.

“We improved a lot over the season,” saxophonist senior Alex Sharp said. “In competitions, we started off with a 54 [out of 100] and ended with a 72.”

In the face of technical difficulties, Marching Band found ways to work around unprecedented interruptions, creating lasting team memories.

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“Because it was so windy, one of our giant props with curtains started to roll off the field and was chasing one of our members,” Alex said. “It was really funny but we recovered well.”

Band members credit new instructor Timothy McAfee with helping them prepare for a season they took pride in.

“This year we really hit the ground running,” drumline member junior Sofia Novikova said. “Last year we slowly got into the pace of things when it came to practice expectations and etiquette, but this year felt more rigorous in a good way.”

Drum Major senior Sabrina Yen-Ko notes the complexity of the theatrical-themed production and the work it took to execute successful performances.

“I’m really happy with the show we put on — we incorporated more elements than we have in the past couple of years, such as choreography and horn snaps, instead of just marching,” Sabrina said. “I saw a lot of progress because of how dedicated members were.”

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  • Alex Sharp | Dec 4, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    LETS GOOO

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