Band, color guard earn first place

DOWNEY – Warren High School’s band and color guard started their 2014 competitive season on the right note, winning first place honors at the 29th annual South Bay Invitational Field Tournament held in Torrance on Sept. 27. Warren High’s band and percussion groups earned first place in division 4A, and the color guard received the highest sweepstakes score in the entire tournament.

The band and color guard groups are part of the visual and performing arts department, and are in season from June to January. In the summer, the marching band rehearses long hours in preparation for the fall field show competitive season.

Part of the instrumental music department, the marching band performs at all home football games and provides spirit to Warren High and the community.

Both departments are supported by the Stauffer and Griffiths Middle School music programs. These two middle schools are “feeder” schools; “without the articulation created between the three schools, the Warren High band would have as successful a program,” DUSD officials said.

“A strong relationship between the middle schools and the high school creates a culture where students want to be involved in band while striving to achieve excellence,” officials said.

Also competing in the South Bay Invitational Field Tournament were Palo Verde High School, Chino High School, Mora Costa High School and Glendora High School.

Out of the 16 high school groups that competed, the Warren High band and color guard had the second highest combined score of the tournament.



Published: Oct. 23, 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 28

Jennifer DeKay