OAKHURST — The Yosemite High School Badger Marching Band and Color Guard has had a very successful 2016 competitive marching season. Under the direction of Francisco Marquez, the Student Band Leadership Council elected to concentrate on field shows this year.
While successfully marching in the parade portion in years past, this allowed the band to focus on honing their skill set for competing in field shows at the regional level.
Beginning with the Visalia Band Review on Saturday, Oct. 15, the Badgers earned a 3rd Place trophy for their efforts in Class AA, which is bands with up to 80 members. The 52nd Annual Selma Band Review was next on Saturday, Oct. 29. A 2nd Place trophy was carried home to YHS in the competitive marching band field show entry.
For the culmination of a season that began in July with 80 hours of band camp, and continued with weeks of after-school practice and drill, and a friendly and supportive environment, the Badgers left it all on the field, earning their highest score ever and a 1st Place trophy to end their 2016 marching band season.
Before uniforms are put away for the year, the YHS Marching Band and Color Guard can be seen at the Bass Lake Tree Lighting Parade on Saturday, Nov. 26.
Also, one lucky winner of the Win-A-Band Fundraiser Drawing will have the full Marching Band and Color Guard perform in December at the mountain location of their choice. Tickets are $1.00 each and are still available from any band member or Director Francisco Marquez who can be reached at (559) 683-4667 X 243. They will be on sale throughout the YHS Winter Band Concert at Mountain Christian Center which begins at 7: p.m. on December 1st where the winner will be drawn and announced.
The award winning Yosemite High School Marching Band and Color Guard would like to thank Yosemite High School, Badger Band Boosters, band parents, and our community for all their support.
Wendy Kenison is a Badger Band Booster parent