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Rampaging through local band competition

Posted: November 11, 2008 8:37 p.m.
Updated: November 12, 2008 4:59 a.m.

West Ranch High School Drum Major Josef Staley, color guard Captain Amy Haendle and Drum Major Ronnie Sunna hold the sweepstakes awards for all categories at the Nov. 1 Hart Rampage competition.

In only its third year of competition, the marching band from West Ranch High School won Sweepstakes as the top scoring band in the annual Rampage Field Show Tournament.

Hart High School's Marching Regiment hosted this battle of high school marching bands Nov. 1 at College of the Canyons.

West Ranch, which competes in Division 3A based on band size, earned the Sweepstakes award with an overall score of 83.85 out of a possible 100. West Ranch also took Sweepstakes awards for Auxiliary, High Visual, High General Effect, High Music and Band.

"People were just going ‘ooh' and ‘aah' - it was just so artistic," said William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board President Gloria Mercado-Fortine, of West Ranch's performance at the event.

Runner-up in overall score was Saugus High School, with a combined score of 78.95. Saugus also won first place for band and color guard in Division 3A.

Close scores between Saugus and West Ranch set the stage for a Division 3A showdown at the upcoming Southern California field show championship hosted by the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association. Hart district schools are expected to place in the top two standings in that competition and Hart High School is well positioned to take the Southern California overall championship for the seventh year in a row.

Canyon High School, which competes in Division 2A Black, earned first place for color guard and second place for band at the Rampage. Valencia High School, which competes in the same division, earned second place for color guard and fourth place for band.

Golden Valley High School brought home the school's first Rampage trophy by earning third place for bands in Division 3A. Golden Valley also earned sixth place in color guard.

Highest score for the day was posted by Hart High School which, as the host school, did not accept any trophies for its performance.


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