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South El Monte, Mountain View High Bands Complete Successful Year

by Anne Donofrio-Holter

South El Monte High School and Mountain View High School have both completed an extremely successful year of competitions when it comes to band, color guard and drill team.

“The South El Monte High School Mighty Eagle Band, color guard and drill team completed their most successful season in school history,” said principal Angie Gonzales.  “Each group placed very well at every event this past year.”

At the Otay Ranch Band Review, the band, color guard and drill team all took first place in their division.   Band and drill team both earned their highest scores in school history at this event.Band MV 2013 - Copy

For the first time, all three participated in the “by invitation only” Arcadia Festival of Bands, the largest parade band competition in the Western United States.  Competing in open class, drill team earned Sweepstakes, the award for best drill team.  In Class C, color guard earned sixth place and band second place, their second highest score in school history and also earned the highest marching score of all the bands in the competition.

In the Covina Christmas Parade, drum major Alicia Delgado earned second place among military drum majors, and band, color guard and drill team all earned first place.  At Covina, both band and color guard earned their current highest scores in school history.

Mountain View High School obtained several awards this fall season including second place for band, tall flags and drum major at the Azusa Golden Days Parade.  Band and tall flags also came in second at the La Palma Band Review.

“At the Rolling Hills Estates Christmas Parade, tall flags and drum major both received first place along with the band receiving the Sweepstakes Award, the highest award possible,” said band director Abel Acosta.  “We hope the second part of the school year will be just as rewarding as the first, if not more so.”

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