South Pasadena High’s Marching Band and Color Guard competed on Saturday, October 15, at a Western Band Association tournament hosted by Ayala High School, the first of many competitions that the band will participate in this season.
The dedication of each band member was rewarded with a score of 66.40 (out of 100), placing 3rd out of six bands in the same division. This is the band’s first year competing in the 4A division, placing the band against larger bands than before.
This year’s program, titled MAN-chanical, depicts a rift separating man and machine, and how it is made right again. The show is set in a steampunk, Victorian setting complete with a larger-than-life set of turnable gear wheels, courtesy of Erich Schultz. Despite the impressive set of machinery, the best is still to come: A full sized robot will be added to complete the mechanical aspect of the theme.
From last August, the members of the Band and Color Guard have put in hours of effort in order to assemble and refine the show. They will continue to strive for excellence under the guidance of Music Director Howard Crawford and Color Guard Instructor Courtney Cheyne, as well as Drum Majors Jason Kang and Hannah Uwabo. Their next performance will be on October 29th, in the Bands of America competition at Long Beach City College.