Panther Band Hits the Ground Running at Del Mar Review

By: Nick Austin, Allison Rigler

The Benicia High School Panther Band traveled to San Jose this past Saturday (10/5/19) to attend the the band review at Del Mar High school. The Band competed in three events which included their Wind ensemble, Marching Band and color guard, who compete at the same time and finally jazz band.  

  The Wind Ensemble was the first band to perform on Saturday. They played two pieces, one titled Trittico by Vaclav Nelhybel and other titled City Trees by Michael Markowski. Trittico is a fast moving piece that is very energetic, in contrast, city trees is a slow moving piece with a lot of emotion that goes into it. Both pieces compliment different styles of playing and required many hours of practice and preparation to play correctly. The Wind ensemble finished the day in first place with a score of 90.15.

 (Elijah Burckin and Jackson Hann-Smith accepted for the awards of Jazz and Concert at the end of the long competition day. Picture by Sam Aguire)

Next, the Panther Band competed in their first parade competition this year, playing The Wizard by George Allen. Tensions were high as the band marched up to the competition line, seniors called out for everyone to show how hard they worked from band camp to that moment. The Panthers won Sweepstakes in marching (193 out of 200), music (480 out of 500)  and parade (95.25 out of 100) – which means the Panthers earned the highest overall score in their division in those categories. Drum Major Elijah Burckin also won big in the steep competition, taking home fourth place in his category. Once the band circled up to celebrate after marching, Band Director Mr. Martin congratulated the band and said that they had sounded “amazing”, a good start to the competition season.

  Although the color guard performs at the same time as the Marching Band they have a separate category for their performance. They got second place with a score of 78.7. Ms. Ford, the color guard instructor had this to say about their performance on saturday. “I am incredibly proud and excited for future performances to come that will show off their hard work and growing creativity.”

   Much later in the evening was Jazz, the performers were happy to have had a break before their high energy set. The ensemble played Big Dipper by Thad Jones, Samantha by Sammy Nestico, and Madrid by Erik Morales. Each song featured soloists, Nate Del Rosario, Mariano Elias, Avel Mandap, Charles Metzler, and Parker Stewart, who all delivered their best. Jazz was awarded Second overall in the competition, a good start to the year thanks to the hard work of the performers.

Assistant Director Aki Ross conducting the Jazz band, who closed the jazz competition with their high energy set. Photo by Sam Aguire

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