Some people living near Valencia High School may be more familiar than others with the constant noise made by the marching band.
For the 2018 season, students and staff have put together a New York themed performance that includes Alicia Keys’ “New York” and Baauer’s “Harlem Shake”. Band members from all year levels have come together since summer break to practice in the mornings, after school, and on weekends as well.
On October 20, the Pride of the Vikings were put to the test on their first competition of the season at the West Ranch High School hosted Wildcat Classic. Twenty high school bands from four different divisions came together to present their show and receive honest feedback from judges.
Some members shared their insight on the season and program so far.
In an interview with JSR, Front ensemble section leader and marimba player Anthony Wang shared his thoughts. “I would say that the biggest strength we have is how we’re improving. We’ve been going through all of our movements and really working on honing in the smallest details.” He also added, “I was especially surprised with the development of my personal section. A lot of new people came in with little or no knowledge of music and now everyone is strong at reading and playing it.”
Co-section leader and flute player Irene Kim also pitched her take on the band.
“I’ve noticed that this year, the band is doing a lot better in communicating with each other than other years, whether it be between staff or players. However, I can’t help but to feel that people should have a stronger commitment to the band. I think that commitment is a really important aspect of a successful band.”
Regardless of their scores for this first competition, every band member, both players and staff members are determined to get stronger as musicians and performers and expect more from themselves as the season progresses.
Evan Kim, Grade 12
Valencia High School