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Songs in step at Rampage

Marching bands compete at local college stadium

Posted: November 4, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 4, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Collin Fox, left, and Ryan Stodart perform on the vibraphone.

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Approximately 3,000 fans and 29 bands filled up a sun-drenched College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium on Saturday for the 29th annual Hart Rampage marching band tournament.

The annual event pits high school marching bands against each other in a contest of skill and showmanship. All six local high school bands participated in the tournament, along with schools from as far away as Utah.

Marching regiments from Palos Verdes, Lancaster, San Diego and all around Southern California competed as well.

“This takes a tremendous amount of planning,” said JW Whitmarsh, the event’s chairman. “We started as far back as early March.”

Whitmarsh is also vice president of operations for the Hart Regiment Boosters and said the group’s resources come in handy during events as complex as this one.

“We have a great parent team that runs the entire show and is exceptionally efficient in running it,” Whitmarsh said.

All of the proceeds from the event go directly to the Hart Regiment, with Rampage alone making up a third of Hart’s budget for the year, according to Whitmarsh.

He also credited the students who perform and said the event builds both strength and character.

As the host band, Hart Regiment cannot place in the event, but Anthony Bailey, the band’s director, still uses Rampage to his students’ advantage.

“This is still a good gauge for the kids, to see where they’re at. We ask the judges to score us just like any other show we would go to,” Bailey said.

The Hart marching band’s show features 108 students interacting with a massive fogging cauldron on the field.

“The students and the directors love it here,” Bailey said. “I even get calls from audience members all year asking for when the next Rampage will be.”

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