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West Ranch band, color guard take sweepstakes

Posted: November 22, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 22, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Drum Major Eric Park conducts the West Ranch High School 2011 field show, “White Out,” in October. West Ranch won an unprecedented five trophies at their first show in Baldwin Park on Oct. 22.

 

“We’re back!” Those are the words of Hyunseung Shon, one of the three drum  majors of West Ranch High School’s award-winning marching band.

After a bittersweet second-place finish at last year’s championships, Hyunseung and fellow drum majors Eric Park and Kevin Jang were ready to show the marching band world that West Ranch was ready to win.

And they came out strong, winning an unprecedented five trophies at their first show in Baldwin Park on Oct, 22.

Their 2011 field show, “White Out,” tells the story of color, which is slowly whitened out of the show in a dramatic finish.

West Ranch won a total of five trophies, including first place in color guard and percussion, sweepstakes for Division 5A band, high visual and high general effect categories.

By winning sweepstakes in its division, West Ranch placed higher than all other bands. Both the color guard and percussion sections just missed sweepstakes by 0.5 points, which served as encouragement for the next competition.

Park knows that winning will motivate the band and keep it moving forward. The marching band has built a reputation over the past six years, winning Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association Marching Band Championships in 2007 and 2008, making Bands of America Regional Finals in 2008 and Marching Bands Open Series Championship Finalists in 2008 and 2009.

The Wildcat Band and Color Guard is under the direction of Jason Marshall.

As Kevin Jang said, “When the members are willing to put in effort and time for their goals, the band will shine like radiant stars. That band is the West Ranch High Wildcat Band and Color Guard.”

Alex Sanchez is a senior at West Ranch High School.

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