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LAHS Marching Band & Color Guard performs new competition show


Courtesy of LAHS Marching Band
The Los Altos High Marching Band and Color Guard performs its field show, “Vertigo,” Oct. 7 at Mountain View High.

The Los Altos High School Eagle Marching Band and Color Guard has scheduled its annual Fall Finale on Nov. 4 at the Los Altos High football field, 201 Almond Ave.

The band will perform its 2017 competition field show, “Vertigo,” at the event, a fundraiser for the Instrumental Music Boosters organization, with proceeds supporting all instrumental music programs at Los Altos High. The event, which begins at 2:15 p.m., will include a marketplace, silent auction and bake sale. After the band’s performance at 3 p.m., audience members will be invited to join the students on the field for a firsthand marching band and color guard experience.

Marching band students at Los Altos High spend approximately 20 hours together each week. Their season began with a week of band camp before school started in August, will peak in mid-November at the Western Band Association Championships in Fresno and end with a celebratory march in the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade Nov. 26.

“Vertigo” portrays a conceptual theme of disorientation and dizziness as the band and guard form spirals and waves of movement while playing intricate runs. The music was inspired by Richard Danielpour’s “Urban Dances,” which was set and arranged for marching band by Cirque de Soleil musician Aaron Guidry.

Director Ted Ferrucci said he is proud of his students.

“This is a really hard show,” he said. “I am impressed by the work ethic of these kids. They are making great progress. The show is going to get better and better. It’s going to be great by the time we perform at Championships in Fresno.”

The marching band is a rigorous experience. The 70-member Marching Band and Color Guard comprises students from all grades, with a range of instrumental or guard experience.

“I am very proud of our student leadership staff,” Ferrucci said. “They have played a vital role in the success of the band through taking on more teaching responsibilities, goal setting and sharing their passion and love of marching band with the younger members of the band and guard.”

Drum major and senior Michael Vronsky expressed his enthusiasm for the marching band.

“There is a lot of commitment, and it really shows,” he said. “A lot of people come together to make a product at the end that is very worthwhile and exhibits all the effort put in. It’s very satisfying to see it come together.”

Admission to the Fall Finale is free and open to the public.

For more information on the Instrumental Music Boosters, visit mvla.net/LAHS/Department/121-Performing-Arts/Portal/Instrumental-Music-Booster.

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