By MATHEW ZUÑIGA
Special to the NEWS
RIO HONDO – The award-winning and ever-entertaining Rio Hondo High School Marching Band held its Sumer Showcase and Squad Competition for parents and spectators on Thursday, Aug. 21.
First-year head band director Benjamin Keltner introduced spectators to the goings-on of a typical band practice and had a special performance for parents. The band members were instructed to form a large circle, whereas parents were invited to the inner circle to experience a “surround sound” experience.
Following the mini-practice and special showcase, the RHHS band proceeded into squad competitions. The band split into nine different sections in which each section came up with their own theme and special performance. Themes ranged from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Toy Story. However, the Star Wars-themed saxophone squad proved victorious in the end.
“I think it’s a fun way to show creativity and a great team building activity,” said Keltner.
The band will perform their show “Redemption” for the first time at halftime on Friday, Aug. 29, as the Rio Hondo Bobcats take on Santa Rosa at Bobcat Stadium.
The band’s first competition comes Oct. 4 as Rio Hondo will host its annual Deep River Marching Festival. The festival is to include both large and small bands from throughout the Valley. Following the festival, the band will compete every weekend in October.