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Warrior Drum Major Amanda Vetch salutes the judges panel at the SCSBOA Championship.
Warrior Drum Major Amanda Vetch salutes the judges panel at the SCSBOA Championship.
The Warrior Color Guard dances to the bandís music, from left, Cylynthia Dargan, Monique Boards and Nicole Fogleman.
The Warrior Color Guard dances to the bandís music, from left, Cylynthia Dargan, Monique Boards and Nicole Fogleman.
Band members, front to rear, Simeon Franco, Kevin Fontana, Miguel Gomez, and Christian Philippi perform at the SCSBOA Championship.
Band members, front to rear, Simeon Franco, Kevin Fontana, Miguel Gomez, and Christian Philippi perform at the SCSBOA Championship.
Marching Warriors playing clarinets during the SCSBOA Championship competitiion are, from left, Rebecca Holtzer, Olivia Montiano, George Monasterio and Jayden Lopez.
Marching Warriors playing clarinets during the SCSBOA Championship competitiion are, from left, Rebecca Holtzer, Olivia Montiano, George Monasterio an...
The Fallbrook Marching Warriors compete at the SCSBOA Championship in Downey earning their highest score of the season.
The Fallbrook Marching Warriors compete at the SCSBOA Championship in Downey earning their highest score of the season.

Marching Warriors finish fifth in SCSBOA Championships


Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Issue 50, Volume 16.


FALLBROOK - On Dec. 1, the Fallbrook Marching Warriors competed in the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association Championships (SCSBOA) in Downey, where they earned their highest score of their winning season. The Warriors performed at 3:08 pm, marched off the field, straight into the waiting bus to make it back to Fallbrook in time for the Christmas Parade.

"Words cannot express how proud we are. There are not enough Ďthank youísí to express the gratitude that I have for Victor Torres for bringing this program alive and to the Boosters who have sacrificed so much for our kids." says Nina Luna, mother of baritone saxophonist James Thorpe.

It was just over one year ago that this program was nearly cut from the high school curriculum. Since October of this year, the Marching Warriors have won six out of seven field tournaments and placed fifth in the SCSBOA Championships where they competed against the top 12 division 1A bands in Southern California.

What drives these kids to work so hard? Itís the rush they experience performing together.

"Thereís nothing else like it," Advertisement
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says clarinet section leader Olivia Montiano "to perform with the marching band is to share with each other a feeling that involves all the senses. You see, hear and feel the music – nothing else gives that to me. Itís the best feeling imaginable."

No other school program is as inclusive and accessible to all students, plus offers academic credit too. There are no starters and no bench warmers in marching band. Everyone has a role in the competitive show they perform. Students that participate are from all grade levels working together, rehearsing, sweating, marching, dancing, memorizing – all for the feeling they get performing as a whole.

Incoming freshmen, instead of being tolerated underlings, are welcomed – infusing the program with new members. Veteran students are the leaders, teaching the incoming freshman how to march, play, and dance with flags.

Marching season is over for this year. Now this energetic school program switches gears: Winter Drum Line and Winter Guard competitions, concert performances, music festivals, jazz band, and more. And then thereís always the anticipation of next yearís marching show!


 

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Comment Profile ImageSharon
Comment #1 | Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 at 11:05 pm
Congratulations band members and Mr. Torres. Fallbrook is proud of you.
Comment Profile ImageAngela gilley
Comment #2 | Sunday, Dec 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm
Congrats Fallbrook I am proud of u I remember how hard but fun it was to practice and to be in the competition. Keep the good work up and keep making us alumni proud.

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