Everett Brown is 17 years old and a senior in high school. He plays the trumpet and the French horn.
Brown started playing the trumpet in fifth grade at Davis. He continued to play during middle school and in 8th grade. He joined the marching band as a way to try to get out of P.E. But soon after he met many new people and grew close to the other people in the marching band.
Last year, Mrs. Gilboe chose certain people that she thought would be good for the job, and Brown was one of them. He had to interview with Mrs. Gilboe and had to learn to conduct music.
At first he felt unsure but now he says, “It’s an awesome experience”. He is in charge of conducting the marching band, delegating work to those around him, and helping the marching band perfect their field shows for games and competitions. However, he is not in charge of choosing the songs that they do, that is a task for Mrs. Gilboe.
When asked about his time during band, he said, “It’s awesome, fun, and it’s made high school fly by.”
Everett is undecided about where he is going to go to college. He does know that he wants to major in either business administration, architecture, or pre-med. No matter where he goes or what he does he hopes to be able to play music but not to major in it.
His words of wisdom from his time here at Mesa is, “You get out what you put into it.”
Chris Henrriquez is a senior and plays the trumpet and the bass drum.
Henrriquez first joined band in fourth grade, where he learned to play the trumpet. He then joined the marching band here at Costa Mesa High School when he was in eighth grade. Unlike many of his fellow band mates, he joined marching band because it seemed exciting and fun. He then grew very close to those in band with him and has created lasting friendships with some of them.
He interviewed with Mrs. Gilboe and was chosen to be the Co-Drum Major.
“This year in band has really been great; I love band and the group as a whole.”
Henrriquez, is in charge of conducting the marching band and teaching them their routines.
He was in the last school play, “Up the Down Staircase,” and seven other school plays. He enjoys acting because it gives him a chance to be someone different and to switch lives with them for a little while. This is also his second year in the Madrigals choir.
Chris is hoping to go to San Diego State University. He is going to major in either biology or pre-med with a minor in music.
“In all my years of band, people have come and gone, there were supposed to be three times as many seniors as there are. I love those who have stayed. We’re the best class of seniors!” Chris admitted about his time in marching band.