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Hart district schools join to make music

30th annual Rampage Field Show marched into Cougar Stadium on Saturday

Posted: October 27, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 27, 2013 2:00 a.m.

The Saugus High School marching band and color guard performs to the music of "Invincible - Moods of the Sea" at the 30th annual Rampage Field Show tournament held at College of the Canyons in Valencia on Saturday.

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Brass flashed in the sunshine and nervous flag girls practiced routines one more time as the 30th annual Rampage Field Show took over Cougar Stadium again Saturday, the only marching band competition featuring five Santa Clarita Valley high schools.

More than 2,000 students from 34 Southern California high schools participated in the band and color guard tournament. As always, the event was hosted by William S. Hart High School regiment band and color guard and the Hart Music Boosters.

Canyon High School, Golden Valley High School, Saugus High School, Valencia High School and West Ranch High School all made appearances.

Anthony Bailey, Hart’s director of bands and event organizer, said he was thrilled to be a part of Rampage for his 14th year.

“We all go to different events every weekend,” he said of the William S. Hart Union High School District bands, “but because of the history and the tradition, all five high schools had the opportunity to be together and perform.”

Rampage drew about 6,000 spectators, said Armando Enriquez, co-chairman of the committee that made the tournament happen.

Attendees enjoyed competition performances from bands from 10:15 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Schools were grouped into seven divisions based on band size, and winners were awarded trophies.

Schools hustled through practices and warm-ups throughout the COC campus before their performances.
Steve Shatkin, a parent volunteer in charge of Rampage facilities, said it was a huge endeavor to organize the event. More than 1,000 volunteers helped set up.

Local vendors also set up booths, providing food, merchandise and entertainment for attendees.

“It brings me a lot of pride and joy to see the kids participate in an event like this,” Shatkin said.
Seventeen-year-old Hart senior Jeeven Virdi is a trumpet player for the Hart regiment and enjoyed participating in the competition.

“Rampage is a great event,” Virdi said. “All the bands come together here, and we get to meet new people, introduce ourselves and see what instruments they play.

“And it’s just fun.”



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