A Year in Band and Instrumental

Both Band and Instrumental experienced an exciting year together! Not only have the members grown individually into talented musicians, but they have also grown into a stronger group together. Being a part of the Music Department allowed each individual to discover their passion in music by playing an instrument, as well as developing a strong, inner leader within themselves. Throughout the year, Band and Instrumental received several awards when competing against different schools and performed for various events.

In the month of October, the Instrumental Music department hosted their own “Spooktacular” Event. Halloween-themed activities including games, a photo booth, and goodies to be bought such as tacos, hot dogs, popcorn, and much more were available as a fundraiser for the music department. Band joined the spooky evening as families gathered in a circle, finishing off the night with Halloween songs. In December, the Orchestra and Band departments came together to hold their annual Winter Wonderland Concert, this year in the South Gym. The night began with “Mary Did You Know” played by Instrumental along with many other Christmas songs such as “The Nutcracker.” After Instrumental took their bows, Band took the stage and continued the night with a thrilling performance, “March of The Nutcracker”, “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”, and “All is Calm.”

         Continuing to keep up their SCSBOA (Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association) legacy, Instrumental has worked hard to take the title of Unanimous Superior again this year! Violinist Kathleen Nguyen (11)  shares, “One of the best memories was undoubtedly getting that superior in orchestra. It was something none of us thought we could achieve, but we came out as underdogs and pulled through in the end. Personally, I’ve seen a significant growth in my section. Being a leader, I can see the changes from the beginning of the school year until now, which really amazes me. But being a leader has taught me to persevere, since there are people looking up at me for leadership. Overall, this year was a heck of a ride. There were many bad moments, but through those bad moments we all learned and became better musicians and better people.”IMG_9832This year, Band also became a parade band. Instead of just performing at football games they also competed in three competitions at the Norwalk Parade, the Loara Band Review, and the Christmas Parade in Pomona. They played service pieces for Airforce, Marines, Army, and Manhattan Beach. Last year for band, during the ADLA (American Drumline Association), Drumline placed in 1st. Band scored 3rd place for two different field competitions and Symphonic Band received an excellent, ranking higher than many of the other 15 schools that competed.

Throughout their journey to SCSBOA, Band members had the chance to create stronger bonds with each other and their connection towards music. David Tan (11), a saxophone player, expresses, “What I love about band is the countless performances we have at football games, concerts, and competitions; it really gives us the chance to showcase our hard work.” David believes that one should follow their own passion. Whether if he’s playing his instrument, or dancing, no matter what the circumstance is, his passion for the arts will push him to perform.  David continues, “The most important part of being in band isn’t about the score we receive in competitions; the most important is whether the audience truly enjoyed your show, that is what I call a real performance. To me it’s not about a score, or winning or losing, it’s about delivering a show to the audience for which they will enjoy.” Recently, both Band and Instrumental had their Area concert with Ralston and Lake. During the Strawberry Festival, Band promoted and fundraised themselves with their own booth consisting of various strawberry desserts such as strawberry cheesecakes, strawberry smoothies, and strawberry crepes.

Congratulations to Instrumental and Band on another successful year! Thank you and great job to everyone for your hard work and dedication!

Both Band and Instrumental experienced an exciting year together! Not only have the members grown individually into talented musicians, but they have also grown into a stronger group together. Being a part of the Music Department allowed each individual to discover their passion in music by playing an instrument, as well as developing a strong, inner leader within themselves. Throughout the year, Band and Instrumental received several awards when competing against different schools and performed for various events.

In the month of October, the Instrumental Music department hosted their own “Spooktacular” Event. Halloween-themed activities including games, a photo booth, and goodies to be bought such as tacos, hot dogs, popcorn, and much more were available as a fundraiser for the music department. Band joined the spooky evening as families gathered in a circle, finishing off the night with Halloween songs. In December, the Orchestra and Band departments came together to hold their annual Winter Wonderland Concert, this year in the South Gym. The night began with “Mary Did You Know” played by Instrumental along with many other Christmas songs such as “The Nutcracker.” After Instrumental took their bows, Band took the stage and continued the night with a thrilling performance, “March of The Nutcracker”, “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”, and “All is Calm.”

 

         Continuing to keep up their SCSBOA (Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association) legacy, Instrumental has worked hard to take the title of Unanimous Superior again this year! Violinist Kathleen Nguyen (11)  shares, “One of the best memories was undoubtedly getting that superior in orchestra. It was something none of us thought we could achieve, but we came out as underdogs and pulled through in the end. Personally, I’ve seen a significant growth in my section. Being a leader, I can see the changes from the beginning of the school year until now, which really amazes me. But being a leader has taught me to persevere, since there are people looking up at me for leadership. Overall, this year was a heck of a ride. There were many bad moments, but through those bad moments we all learned and became better musicians and better people.”

This year, Band also became a parade band. Instead of just performing at football games they also competed in three competitions at the Norwalk Parade, the Loara Band Review, and the Christmas Parade in Pomona. They played service pieces for Airforce, Marines, Army, and Manhattan Beach. Last year for band, during the ADLA (American Drumline Association), Drumline placed in 1st. Band scored 3rd place for two different field competitions and Symphonic Band received an excellent, ranking higher than many of the other 15 schools that competed.

Throughout their journey to SCSBOA, Band members had the chance to create stronger bonds with each other and their connection towards music. David Tan (11), a saxophone player, expresses, “What I love about band is the countless performances we have at football games, concerts, and competitions; it really gives us the chance to showcase our hard work.” David believes that one should follow their own passion. Whether if he’s playing his instrument, or dancing, no matter what the circumstance is, his passion for the arts will push him to perform.  David continues, “The most important part of being in band isn’t about the score we receive in competitions; the most important is whether the audience truly enjoyed your show, that is what I call a real performance. To me it’s not about a score, or winning or losing, it’s about delivering a show to the audience for which they will enjoy.” Recently, both Band and Instrumental had their Area concert with Ralston and Lake. During the Strawberry Festival, Band promoted and fundraised themselves with their own booth consisting of various strawberry desserts such as strawberry cheesecakes, strawberry smoothies, and strawberry crepes.

Congratulations to Instrumental and Band on another successful year! Thank you and great job to everyone for your hard work and dedication!