Entertainment By Manuel Leon: Competing in the Pep and Pageantry Arts Association of Central California tournament has turned into an all-out brawl for first place for both the Granite Hills winter percussion ensemble and winter guard!
From the beginning of the homecoming game, people in the stands could hear the music flowing from the Grizzly Marching Band.
Kelsey Blackburn, parade drum major, led the band down the track while they played “Military Escort,” the parade song the band competes with, as an opener to the homecoming game.
“I think we did pretty well. It was surprising seeing so many people there,” said Sarah Vehrs, a saxophone player at Granite.
The songs the band performs are Thrasher, Go Big Red, Dynamite, Abide with Me and Crowd Teaser. People were expecting great entertainment when the band began to set up in the stands to support the Grizzly football team.
“I always expect a spectacular show” said Rachel Lamb, cheerleader and shield girl for the Grizzly Marching Band.
At half time, the band set up their block another time to cater to the crowd. The field show is based off of the well known and loved video game, World of Warcraft. Gates of the Black Temple, Lions Pride, Mountains of Thunder and the Wrath of the Litch King are the songs that make up the show.
Kenny Ormonde, the new Grizzly band director, has been working to make the Grizzly Marching Band the best it can be.
“I believe 100% that we can build an awesome band at Granite,” said Ormonde. “A lot of people are starting to take notice of Granite.”
Even the band members can agree that the Grizzly Band has come a long way since last year.
“This year we are having a lot more support and I think people are definitely proud to be a part of this band,” said Tamara Orth, a past flag girl of the Grizzly Band and an instructor of the color guard.
The next stop on the schedule for the Grizzlies is the Selma Band Review. There, the band will compete in the parade and field competitions. The parade and field show will be televised on PBS channel 2.
Above Photo: Mishelle Salazar leads the Grizzly Band out for their homecoming performance.(Photo By Sheng Lor)