Monarch band ends year on top

According to drum major Sarah Smith, the awards won this year by the Exeter Union High School band are, "The most ever, in the history of Exeter."

Though a comparison of awards won in prior years was not available, Sarah is probably right. The EUHS Monarch band has won an unprecedented 19 awards in five band festivals or reviews. Here is a list of their accomplishments: Visalia Band Review

1st – field, 2nd – parade, 1st – percussion; Sierra Cup Classic, 4th – field, best percussion, best music; Golden State Field Tournament, 3rd – division, 1st – percussion; Stockdale Band Spectacular, 2nd – field, 2nd – percussion, 3rd – color guard, 1st in division, 2nd – overall effect; Centennial High Music in Motion, 1st – field show, 2nd – color guard, sweepstakes – percussion, sweepstakes – drum major, Booster Award.

On the EUHS Monarch band website F. John Pilman the chief judge at the Visalia band review is quoted as saying, "That's a very small town [band], and they can stand their ground anyplace."

For those who think the band only plays at football games here is a little bit of information about the past and upcoming activities of the Monarch band. In October, November and December the band participated in the, Golden State Field Tournament, Porterville Band-a-Rama, Stockdale Band Spectacular, Music in Motion at Centennial High, Visalia Christmas Parade, Exeter Christmas Parade, Christmas Annual Concert, Visalia Band Review and CSUF Sierra Cup, in addition to football games. Though the Exeter Christmas parade marked the end of the season for the marching band, the music department will move on to symphonic band activities and gear up for another exciting and competitive year for the percussion ensemble. The EUHS percussion will participate in the Winter Guard International (WGI) Regional competition in Las Vegas on March 19 and 20, 2005. They will compete against some of the best percussion groups in the nation and have a very good chance of making the top 10. In their first try at a WGI competition last year, the Monarchs placed 17th. With veterans returning from last year and a new crop of eager percussionists the group is in the running to win even more awards for Exeter. They will also have four to six other competitions throughout next semester.

None of these competitions are free, however. In order for the Winter Guard to make it to Las Vegas they will need to raise more than $2,000. They will conduct several fund-raisers throughout the next semester so keep an eye out for these talented musicians who may come calling for community support. They have done a great job of building Exeter's reputation for excellence in music.

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