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Saturday, Nov 22 2008 09:52 PM

Bands on the run at 13th annual 'Music in Motion'

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    By John Harte

    West High's Tim Hernandez pushes chimes onto the field at Centennial High Saturday afternoon as the band prepares for their performance in the Music in Motion Marching Band Invitational.

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    By John Harte

    Horror movie character Jason joins the Shafter High marching band as they perform a number from Friday the 13th during the Music in Motion Marching Band Invitational at Centennial High Saturday. "Jason" is band member Claudia Talamantes.

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    By John Harte

    Guitarist Matthew Benson looks toward the drum major as the Shafter High Generals perform during the Music in Motion Marching Band Invitational at Centennial High on Saturday.

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    By John Harte

    The La Puente marching band waits in the staging area to take the field at Centennial High for the Music in Motion Marching Band Invitational Saturday afternoon.

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    By John Harte

    Drum major Olivia McGee acknowledges the judges and crowd as the West High Vikings are given the cue to begin their performance at Saturday's Music in Motion Marching Band Invitational at Centennial High.

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    By John Harte

    La Puente High was among the bands that traveled from the Los Angeles area to participate in the Music in Motion Marching Band Invitational at Centennial High on Saturday. Here band members (from front) Jessica Torres, Laurie Hurtado and Blanca Flores held each other limber up before taking the field for their performance.

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BY JENNY SHEARER, Californian staff writer jshearer@bakersfield.com

Pageantry and precision ruled during the 13th annual “Music in Motion” Marching Band Invitational at Centennial High School Saturday.

About 2,000 performers played and marched on the field as their loved ones watched and cheered.

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Participating schools

Middle schools and junior highs

MS A
Rio Bravo-Greeley
Fruitvale
Richland

MS AA
Actis
Beardsley
Standard

High schools

1A
Los Angeles
Washington Prep
Hoover
Foothill
Silverado
Highland
Francis Polytechnic
Antelope Valley

2A
Canyon
Fremont
Simi Valley
East
Shafter
West
Golden Valley
Oxnard
La Puente

3A
Arvin
North
Liberty
Bakersfield
South

4A
Frontier
Redlands East

Source: The Talons, parent booster club of the Centennial Marching Hawks band

The musicians who make up a marching band are like parts of the same machine, one that practices each day during school and competes for hours on Saturdays.

“Without one part, we can’t really work,” said Centennial tuba player Jose Lara Soto.

Through band, he met tenor sax player Sarah Lenau. She noticed the pink monkey magnet from Del Taco on his instrument and was intrigued. They’re friends and started dating two months ago.

“Not every kid is an athlete,” parent John Genter said. “Music and arts give kids a way to plug into school.”

His son, Evan plays the mellophone in Centennial’s band, the marching version of the French horn. The newly licensed driver would like to keep playing music as a hobby and maybe join a collegiate marching band.

Hosting a competition that draws 31 bands from Kern and Southern California is exactly like organizing a wedding, said parent Michelle Bateman, who’s part of Centennial’s band booster club, the Talons.

Her 15-year-old son, Taylor, plays the clarinet; eighth-grader Spencer plays the saxophone; and the squirt of the bunch, Connor, 8, was the Marching Hawks’ mascot this year.

“My parents were both in the band,” she said. “It kind of skipped a generation.”

Drum major Stephanie “Snickers” Gonzales has helped lead Frontier High’s band since the school opened. She likes “being that example of a 110-piece band. It’s cool. I like the pressure of it all. Every time we go out and perform, it gets better.”

Parent Steve Cardoza hung around after daughters Mercedes and Carly performed earlier with the Actis band. The girls play the bass and snare drums, respectively.

“It teaches them discipline, team work and respect for one another,” he said of band. “They beat the heck out of everything. It doesn’t bother me. If they’re beating on something, I know they’re practicing.”



The following are lists of participating schools and results in Saturday’s school marching band competition at Centennial High School. Source: The Talons, the parent booster club of the Centennial Marching Hawks band

PARTICIPANTS
MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND JUNIOR HIGHS
MS ARio Bravo-Greeley

Fruitvale

Richland

MS AA

Actis

Beardsley

Standard

HIGH SCHOOLS
1A

Los Angeles

Washington Prep

Hoover

Foothill

Silverado

Highland

Francis Polytechnic

Antelope Valley

2A

Canyon

Fremont

Simi Valley

East

Shafter

West

Golden Valley

Oxnard

La Puente

3A

Arvin

North

Liberty

Bakersfield

South

4A

Frontier

Redlands East

RESULTS
MIDDLE SCHOOLS
A, Auxiliary

1. Richland

2. Fruitvale

3. Rio Bravo-Greeley

A, band

1. Richland

2. Fruitvale

3. Rio Bravo-Greeley

AA, auxiliary

1. Beardsley

2. Actis

AA, band

1. Beardsley

2. Actis

Drum major awards

1. Richland

2. Actis

3. Rio Bravo-Greeley

Sweepstakes

Drum Major: Standard

Auxiliary: Standard

High Music performance: Standard

Band: Standard

HIGH SCHOOLS

1A, Red, Auxiliary

1. Foothill

2. Los Angeles

3. Hoover

1A, Red, Band

1. Los Angeles

2. Hoover

3. Washington Prep

1A, Gold, Auxiliary

1. Francis Polytechnic

2. Silverado

3. Antelope Valley

1A, Gold, Band

1. Francis Polytechnic

2. Silverado

3. Highland

2A, Red, Auxiliary

1. Simi Valley

2. Canyon

3. Fremont

2A, Red, Band

1. Simi Valley

2. Canyon

3. East

2A, Gold, Auxiliary

1. La Puente

2. West

3. Oxnard

2A, Gold, Band

1. La Puente

2. West

3. Oxnard

3A, Auxiliary

1. Golden Valley

2. Liberty

3. South High

3A, Band

1. Golden Valley

2. Liberty

3. South High

4A, Auxiliary

Frontier

4A, Band

Frontier

Sweepstakes

Drum Major: Frontier

Auxiliary: Redlands East

High Visual Performance: Redlands East

High General Effect: Redlands East

High Music Performance: Redlands East

Tournament Sweepstakes: Redlands East

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