Before each tournament the band members share a fun tradition. They like to call it, “Secret Buddy”. This is where one person gets a gift for another person and secretly gives it to them. It is a way to cheer people up and motivate them as a group to do well in the tournament.
The CMHS Marching Band and Color Guard really looked forward to another successful tournament and that is just what they got. Their show was entitled “A Modern Tale of Love”. The performance was a portrayal of the tale of Romeo and Juliet. Some of the well-known songs incorporated were “Somewhere”, “The Time of my Life”, “Just the Way You Are”, and “Uprising”.
Many students may recognize these selections from Friday night football games. “A Modern Tale of Love” has been their half time field show for many weeks now.
The marching band and color guard has traveled to many nearby cities, including Capo Valley High School in Mission Viejo, Bellflower High School in Bellflower, Huntington Beach High School in Huntington Beach, and along with those they have hosted their own tournament open to other high schools at Jim Scott Stadium.
With the marching band season coming to a close, a few students reflected on some unforgettable moments throughout their years. Senior drum major, Chris Henrriquez, really enjoyed his eighth grade year where they won first place at almost every competition with their Africa [themed] field show. The other drum major, senior, Everett Brown, remembers going to San Francisco for championships.
The pit section leader, junior, Kayla Javier, had a hard time pin-pointing one memory. “Gosh I have so many. I would have to say rookie night where the officers surprised the [new band members]. We basically had a lock-in and sleepover in the band room all night.”
She goes on to say how it felt so good to interact with the upperclassmen as they were just being “so cool” with her and her “fellow rookies”.
The band director, Mrs. Sandy Gilboe, wants to come away from this season remembering all the good moments shared with everyone and also knowing what could have been done differently.
“Of course there are some frustrations and some funny moments to take away,” Gilboe stated, “but mostly I am so proud of how well the students worked towards our goal. I really try to make marching band a ‘student driven’ endeavor as much as possible. They have really risen to the challenge. Chris and Everett were definitely the right choice for drum majors this year and I thank them for surpassing my expectations.”
No matter what you do, there is always a lesson to be taken away from it. Henrriquez knows this is his senior year and he stated, “It feels so surreal knowing that this is my last marching band season ever, but I am glad to be ending it the way I have.”
Lastly, Gilboe shared how she wants both the tournament and the championship performance to turn out. “Mostly, I want the students to have an awesome last performance at the marching band championships. By that I mean I want them to feel they put out their best. There is no better feeling in the world than to perform at your best. That is the reward.”