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Tournament of Bands 2015

Special Report

Tournament of Bands 2015

Allison Lo and Alex Shieh

Note: Video of full performance is available at the bottom of the article. 

Courtesy of Michelle Pyke, Online Editor

On Oct. 10, Cupertino High School hosted the 45th annual Tournament of the Bands.  With about 20 schools from all over Northern California, more than 2000 students came together to participate in numerous competitions. The event, which starts off with parades in the morning and ends with field shows at night, is an opportunity for school bands to showcase what they have been practicing all season.

 Said drum major Vivi Kung, “I think it’s really awesome getting to see the different variety of performances, especially from different schools. Every school has a different music program, and every school likes to do something different [for] their show.”

Added Thu An Hanley, “This is an event that I have always been to, [almost] every single year since I’ve lived here, and it’s always really fun seeing the march in the morning then coming here at night to see all the different bands perform. [It’s] a really exciting experience.”

In order to put together such a large event, it’s safe to say that a lot of preparation is involved. The Cupertino band practices hours each week, regardless of the weather, and has been preparing for this particular event since the first day of band camp in August.

“We learn drills, we learn music, we put music with the drill,” explained Neeraj Dharmadhikari. “The reason we practice so much is because our motto is to practice not until we get it right, but to practice until we can’t get it wrong.”

Despite the large amount of time spent on practicing, the Cupertino band, as the hosting school, is not judged competitively. However, Tournament of the Bands is still important to the band members. Said Divya Mistry, “I think the fact that [the tournament] is at our school just means a lot to us because we want to show the other bands and the [audience] that [...] we’re just a band that puts a lot of time into what we do.”

Jennifer Shearin further noted that, “[The students] really enjoy being in the band, and [that] gives them the camaraderie and the ability to work together for a great common goal, and I think that’s really nice.”

 As the opening competition of the season, Tournament of the Bands serves as a valuable experience for bands to see where they are and how they can improve for future competitions.