The Grand County High School marching band traveled to St. George last weekend to compete in 1A state championships. The team competed on the morning of Friday Nov. 3 against 10 other teams.
The Grand County band placed 10th out of the 11 teams competing, with Spanish Fork’s band placing No. 1 overall.
“We have a really small team compared to the other teams we were competing against,” said junior drum major Isabel Becerra. “It is a lot easier for the judges to hear if we make mistakes when there is no one to cover it up. We really only have one person playing each part. So if a flute gets a part of the song wrong it is really noticeable because there isn’t another flute to cover the mistake up. It’s a pretty big part of why we did not place higher.”
The marching band has around twenty members, including the color guard. The team is competitive, but winning is not the most important aspect of why the members are committed to the band.
“I mean obviously we would like to be placing better, but we are generally on the team because we love the band and playing music,” Becerra said. “We are all a really close group of friends and we are all really dedicated to the team. You have to be dedicated to the team if you want to be on it though. Most of us are waking up around 5:30 or 6 in the morning so we can make it our practice that starts at 6:30. I know it can be rough to make that sacrifice of sleep, but I honestly don’t mind at all and I don’t think the other members do either.”
The band may be small but they are all up for big challenges when it comes to music.
“We definitely pick some difficult music for our program,” Becerra said. “We like to push ourselves when it comes to our ability to play music. We generally play the same stuff for football games, but we are always trying to step it up for our programs.”
According to Becerra, the band is hoping to recruit more members for next year so they have a better chance of being more highly competitive.