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Local bands ready to march

Summer camps finish as students prepare for season

Posted: August 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Rosario Palomino, center, and Lauren Pate of the Saugus High School color guard toss rifles in a performance at the campus on Friday.

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The electronic billboard on Centurion Way read 105.6 degrees.

Sweat poured from brows as high schoolers toiled in the field with their instruments Friday.

The scene at Saugus High mirrored a summer tradition taking place wherever schools are heading back into session.

The results of about three months of practice were unveiled to family and friends of marching bands and color guards on school campuses.

Moving in unison, staying in formation, Canyon, Golden Valley, Hart, Valencia and West Ranch bands seamlessly segue from one tune to the next.

The shows are about seven minutes of music and motion that will be refined over the next three months, as bands prepare for their competitive season, which takes place October to December.

Similar to sports, the bands are split into different divisions based on size. And just as their gridiron counterparts have a “hell week,” the bands that support them also practice two-a-days.

The more musically inclined students wrap up their arduous sessions with a performance in front of hundreds, the idea similar to the scrimmage for their sportier peers who will take the field when the shows are done.

“This is where we really come together as a team,” said Saugus High senior Christina Brown, captain of the color guard. “It hasn’t been easy, but it’s not supposed to be. I think we’re at a pretty good place.”

At Saugus, the drills are led by drum major Michael Manguinao, a senior who directs the squad once the football whistles stop and the band takes the field.

But similar scenes — each with their own unique choreography, of course — took place at Hart district schools.

“It’s really a lot of fun,” said Saugus High junior Madison Glickstein, who was inspired to play saxophone by Lisa Simpson’s character on the animated Fox TV show “The Simpsons.”

She didn’t seem to have problems playing along with others, unlike her animated counterpart.

“I love getting to know all the drills, and I love The Beatles,” Glickstein said, referring to the medley of songs the band performs to. “So this is just a lot of fun.”

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