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MVHS marching band completes award-winning season


Photo Courtesy of Mountain View High School Spartan Marching Band
Mountain View High’s Spartan Marching Band and Color Guard recently wrapped up a stellar season. Color guard member Pratha Amin expresses the music through movement.

The Mountain View High School Spartan Marching Band and Color Guard recently wrapped up its competition season, bringing home multiple awards for its 2017 field show, “Divinity: The Music of Final Fantasy.”

The band kicked off the season Oct. 7 with its annual “Community Thank You” show. The event included performances by the marching bands from Mountain View, Los Altos, St. Francis and Santa Clara highs.

The Mountain View High Instrumental Music Program recognized local residents Bob Reay and Judi Fan, who funded the purchase of new marching band uniforms three years ago. The Spartan Marching Band and Color Guard is scheduled to perform in the 2019 London New Year’s Day Parade and “greatly appreciates members of the community who are willing and able to help us with gifts like this,” said Ann Hepenstal, Instrumental Music Parents Association president.

The Lord Mayor of London invited the band to march in the London parade, its first performance outside California. The band will join more than 10,000 participants from the U.S., the United Kingdom, Europe and beyond, performing for a street crowd of more than 500,000 and a television audience of more than 300 million.

The band recently launched the Community Sponsorship Program to support travel for the band, encouraging friends, family, local residents and businesses to donate to help sponsor the band’s trip to London.

Performances

The Mountain View High band visited Oak Avenue School and Blach Intermediate School in Los Altos and Graham Middle School in Mountain View as part of its tour of local schools Oct. 16. Band members performed their show music, recognized school alumni who are in the marching band and shared their love of music with the younger students. At Graham, they performed their field show for students on the soccer field.

The marching band gave its final field show performance Nov. 4 at Independence High School in San Jose, earning second place in the Class 4A competition.

The band is scheduled to march in the Festival of Lights Parade Nov. 26 in downtown Los Altos.

Competitions

The Spartan marching band won second place in the Class 4A competition at the seventh annual Irish Guard Invitational Oct. 21 at Dublin High School.

The band traveled to Pleasanton Oct. 28 to compete in the Foothill Band Review and won numerous awards, including first place, Field Show Band Class 5A; first place, Visual Sweepstakes; second place, Field Show Color Guard; and third place, Field Show Brass.

“The band has worked hard all season on our show, including changes to the show and choreography that we made days before the competitions,” said Jason Kneebone, Mountain View High co-music director. “‘Divinity’ features music from the Final Fantasy video game franchise, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Our goal was to educate our audiences on the great repertoire that can be found in games. Our show stands out from the others, and the judges recognized the high level of our students’ performance.”

For more information, visit mvspartanmusic.net.

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