The band placed fourth out of six places in their 3A division, with a score of 74.75, improving a whole 7 points over the course of the season. The tournament was run by the help of parent and student volunteers. Bands from across Southern California traveled to compete at the Invitational, although it had no effect on their seasonal scores which determined if they would compete in Championships.
A marching band competition is scored by a panel of judges who sit in a booth overlooking the field. Each band is divided into divisions based upon their size. Every moment, as soon as the first beat of a drum cadence is played as a band steps onto the field to the second the farthest member is outside of the gates, is watched and recorded--both on paper and through tapes.
Various judges headed the categories: music performance, music effects, visual performance, visual effects, percussion, and auxiliary (Color Guard). Everything from staying on the same stepping on the same foot to staying on the beat to how the music made the audience feel is taken into consideration when being judged. To be a successful marching band, the entire band has to be in sync with one another, moving as a whole unit rather than individually, creating patterns in sync to the music they prepared and memorized.
The band has been working since August on their 2012-2013 field show, "Swing It!" Including the music selections "Jump Jive and Wail," "Stray Cat Strut," and "Rock This Town," this show has been practiced during early morning and evening practices for about three months. With 30 new members, the student leadership team of drum majors, Alexis Amaya and Eddie Villegas, seems to have contributed to the CMHS Marching Band going to Championships.
"I think it went very well. I'm surprised by how many people that went. It was a very good turnout, which inspired me to play my best. And we earned a decent amount of money to help fund our band. So overall, it was a successful show," said junior and Woodwind Captain/piccolo player Justin Hoscoe.
The tournament was a fundraising opportunity for the program. The sale of concessions and other items brought in over $11,000 in total income. Mrs. Gilboe spent time coordinating with the Band Boosters and other people including alumni, former Boosters and CMHS families who wanted to help make the tournament a success.
"I think we did great," said Band Booster member Mariel Levalley, "I couldn't be happier with the results and to see how many band parents [stepped] up to help and be part of this huge event... [The boosters] are moving forward and working together as a team... The students were amazing. All in sync and sounded wonderful."
The week of the 12th through the 18th is the last week of Marching Band before the transition into concert season, Jazz Band, Drumline, Small Ensembles, and Winter Guard. The band has two more tournaments: November 14th at Westminster High School, and November 17th, SCJA Championships at Heritage High School.
"I thought the band had great energy and is improving each time out... I thought the [tournament] was a big success. We had lots of help and support from parents, alumni, administration, staff, and Mesa students," said Mrs. Gilboe. "I look forward to this final week of competition and strive for the band to put on its best."
Written by: Loralee Sepsey