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Saugus wins first in five band competitions

Marching band ranked

Posted: November 25, 2008 10:30 p.m.
Updated: November 26, 2008 4:30 a.m.

Saugus High School Band and Color Guard won five first place awards in their past five band competitions, according to Vince Collier, the school's marching band media liaison.

The band placed first in its division and took the overall highest score in three competitions.

Led by Band Director Robert Gibson, the Saugus High School Band and Color Guard performed at the Simi Valley 40th Annual Band Spectacular, the Hart High School Rampage Competition, Granada Hills Charter High School's 26th annual Highlander Marching Band Field Competition and the Savanna High School Band Competition.

This year could be described as a "breakout year" for the band in many ways, as winning the sweepstakes trophies at Simi Valley and Savanna Competitions are new experiences for the group.

The Saugus Band and Color Guard drum major is Brandon Ahlstrom, the Color Guard team captain is Michelle Patterson, and the Color Guard instructors are Deborah Gibson and Jennifer Bird.

As a result of its success, Saugus is currently ranked No. 1 (out of 14 schools) in the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association standings for Division 3A bands.

These rankings determine which schools move on to compete in the association's Southern California Regional Marching Band Championships on Dec. 6.

Scoring competitions
In marching band/color guard competitions, the band and guard compete together, performing their show within a designated time limit.

The time limit includes band deployment and setup (four minutes) and performance time which must be at minimum seven minutes, not to exceed 11 minutes.

The performance time includes the band's departure from the field and the removal of all equipment and props.

Bands typically perform their halftime show at competitions, changing and refining it as the season goes on.

Awards are given based on the overall performance of band and color guard together, as well as the individual performances of the band and the color guard.

Bands compete in divisions based on the number of band members, so that bands only compete against bands that are like-sized.

Awards are given to the top bands and color guard in each division, as well as larger awards being given to "sweepstakes" winners who earned the highest score for the entire competition regardless of division, for both band and color guard.

Awards of note are also given to the bands/color guards for best musical performance, visual performance and general effect.


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