South Pasadena High’s School Tiger Marching Band and Color Guard competed on October 29 in the Bands of America Long Beach Regional.
The show, entitled “MAN-chanical,” intertwines working gear sets and a giant 12-foot robot with the musical and dance talents of the marching band and color guard. The band placed 2nd in the 2A division, out of five other bands in the same category, with a score of 66.35, five points ahead of the closest competitor and six points higher than their score the previous year. This was only their second competition of the season.
Saturday’s competition was a Bands of America (BoA) event, while the Tiger Marching Band usually competes in Western Band Association (WBA) events. The Western Band Association hosts mainly regional competitions, and the WBA finals are open for all bands in the region to compete. Bands of America is the host of the BoA Grand National Championships, the biggest Marching Band event in the United States. Although most of the bands participating at the Regional competition came from Southern California, there were several bands in attendance from Arizona, and even two bands from Texas.
The band put on a solid performance, and many members expressed satisfaction with their performances. Come cheer on the band at the halftime show for their homecoming game on November 4. Their next competition will be on November 5th, at Riverside Community College.