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Band marches to 2nd place

On Saturday, the LHS Marching band wowed the judges and audience with their piece “Midnight in Transylvania” and came out in 2nd place at the end of a long day.

Midnight in Transylvania is a unique seven minute piece featuring first drum major senior Ronja Vaitaitis starting the show in a coffin who later emerges and begins conducting. The second drum major, senior Julia Encinias then exits the show in the coffin.

The band had two performances yesterday, one to get feedback and the other to be judged. At this competition last year after their performances took the first place title.

“I think our first performance definitely could have been better but we really pulled it together for the second one and it went really well,” said senior drum major Ronja Vaitaitis.

The band then spent a long four hours working non stop on improvements before their 8:45 show for the judges.

“The judges kind of ripped us apart in the clinics so I was worried,” said freshman Ethan Hanson.

The band score 61, which was 5 points higher than they scored last year at the same competition. For many, this was their first big competition of the season.

“Earning a score of 61 in mid September is pretty impressive. Personally for my first time ever preforming I think I did ok I didn’t mess anything up horribly but I didn’t play my best either,” said Hanson.

The band is larger than it has been in many years and are adjusting to a larger sounds and still focusing on the details.

“I think our strengths are that we have a really full nice sound when we all play together and we all work so hard but we struggle with getting each individual to match each other especially on marching technique,” said Vaitaitis.

The LHS marching band is happy with their performance this weekend but still are looking to achieve their fullest potential this season.

“By the end of the season we hope to have a score in the 70s as well as playing the music at our strongest,” said Hanson.

Senior drum majors Ronja Vaitaitis and Julia Encinias accept their 2nd place award

Senior drum majors Ronja Vaitaitis and Julia Encinias accept their 2nd place award

Senior drum major Ronja Vaitaitis conducting the band

Senior drum major Ronja Vaitaitis conducting the band

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