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Bands compete at Rampage

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

From left, Hart High School musicians Matthew Phillips, Ashley Barber, Matthew Millar (behind flag), Ashley Reyes (color guard), Amy Ficarra, Andre Jaghasbanian and Briana Aboulache perform during the Rampage competition at College of the Canyons on Nov. 5.

More than 5,000 students, parents and music enthusiasts filled the College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium on Nov. 5 to be part of the 28th annual Hart High Rampage Marching and Color Guard Field Show competition.

More than 31 bands from all over California, including Hart, Saugus, Canyon, Valencia, Golden Valley and West Ranch, performed their shows and competed in their divisions.

In the 2A Red Division Saugus won first place. In the 3A Division, first place went to Valencia, second place to Golden Valley and third place to Canyon.

Hart was part of Division 4A but does not place because it was the host band.

Hart did receive scores that it can use to quality for championships. In 5A, West Ranch won second place.

Rampage is one of the oldest and most prestigious marching band competitions in California, organizers said.

“The day was a huge success,” said Anthony Bailey, director of Hart Regiment. “Many people from the Santa Clarita Valley and other areas came out to support their high school and the students who were there to perform.

“I know that this event is a sign of a lot of hard work from the Hart students, the Hart Boosters and the many other volunteers who joined us Saturday,” he said.

After the competition, the audience was treated to the largest mass drum line in Southern California, featuring drummers from all of the day’s performing bands.

The mass drum line is a Rampage tradition and a highlight of the evening for both performers and the audience.

Rampage is a Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association sanctioned competition, and all the scores are listed on the association website.

The scores from Rampage will be used to qualify the bands into the championships in early December.

In 2010, Hart Regiment was named state champion in its division by the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association for the ninth consecutive year — an accomplishment that remains unmatched by any other group.


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