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OAKHURST – Welcome to Band Notes, where you can keep up to date with our mountain area’s award winning Yosemite High School Badger Marching Band & Percussion!

Our Badger musicians have had an exhausting but exciting fall schedule.

History was made at their first competition of the season on November 1. Orange Cove Band Review was a huge success with the Badgers bringing home a pile of trophies.

YHS Badger Band rain at the Orange Cove competition Nov 2014 photo by Steve MontatoThis was the first time Yosemite High School has competed with a field show. Their version of Wicked earned them two 2nd place awards.

But the best was yet to come…. The Badgers didn’t let rain dampen their parade! YHS brought home a total of four trophies for the parade, including the grand prize: Parade High Music Award given to the band with the best performance of a music score. As if that wasn’t enough, Meagan Montalto earned 1st place among all the high school Drum Majors.

The Badgers have barely had time to place their trophies in the case.

YHS Badger Band takes home trophies from the Orange Cove competition Nov 2014 photo by Steve MontatoAlways hospitable, YHS held a practice session with Minarets, Mariposa and Sierra High Schools on November 7 for their joint performance in the Fresno Veterans Day Parade four days later. Also on the 7th, Sierra High band stayed and enjoyed a dinner, along with YHS band, hosted by our dedicated band parents.

That evening they wrapped up the home football season with the Mountain Bowl against the Sierra Trojans, hung their uniforms with extra care and loaded their instruments into the truck because at 7 a.m. the Badger Band was off to another competition.

YHS Badger Band make up prep at Central Valley Band Review Nov 2014 photo by Steve MontatoOn November 8 they competed in the Central California Band Review in Merced where they earned yet another trophy for their case. This time it was 2nd place for their Wicked field show. Our musicians have spent many a late Tuesday night under the lights perfecting their music and footwork.

It has all resulted in a successful season and a great start to band teacher Francisco Marquez’s first year at Yosemite High.

YHS had the honor of representing the foothill communities and showing their patriotism by marching in the Veteran’s Day Parade on November 11. They joined together with Mariposa, Minarets and Sierra to form one united marching band. With just a couple marching obligations left on their calendar, the Badger Band & Percussion will be transitioning into their concert season.

YHS Badger Band prepares at Central Valley Band Review Nov 2014 photo by Steve MontatoNovember 29 you can see them performing in the Bass Lake Christmas Tree Lighting. Enjoy this talented group at their Winter Concert on December 4. For all the details on these upcoming events, and even more photos, please visit their website: yhsmusic.com.

GO BADGERS!

YHS Badger Band at Central Valley Band Review Nov 2014 photo by Steve MontatoYHS Badger approaches at Veterans Day Parade in Fresno Nov 2014 photo by Steve MontatoYHS Badger pauses at Veterans Day Parade in Fresno Nov 2014 photo by Steve MontatoYHS Badger marching at Veterans Day Parade in Fresno Nov 2014 photo by Steve MontatoYHS Badger Band Veterans Day Parade in Fresno Nov 2014 photo by Steve Montato

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