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 Post subject: Re: Best CA Bands of the 90's?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 3:49 pm 
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Valley View 97 was a mixture of Independence Day and Star Gate, the music of David Arnold. The show was AMAZING.

It was fantastic, one of my all-time favorites.

1997 was the only year I was able to make WBA/WSMBC Championships. While we're on that year and talking about great bands, it would be remiss to not mention another VVHS: Victor Valley. This was back before WBA had different criteria and different finals for the upper and lower divisions. Back then, the Class top two A-60 (now A) and A-90 (now AA) bands made finals and competed against the big boys. And little, barely 70-member Victor Valley tied for High Music with Mission Viejo in Finals. Beating Valley View, James Logan, Beyer, Live Oak, and everyone else in the music caption. They were 5th overall, too, the highest ever finish by a Class A band in WBA.

1997 WSMBC Championship Finals, Stockton, CA (UOP Stagg Stadium)
95.725 James Logan (Visual, Effect, Guard)
95.025 Mission Viejo (Music-tie, Percussion)
92.750 Beyer (DM)
88.900 Valley View
88.200 Victor Valley (Music-tie)
87.775 Grants Pass
86.525 Live Oak
85.950 Buchanan
85.575 Clovis West
81.050 Clovis
79.475 Amador Valley
78.175 Valley Christian
75.300 Hoover
69.400 Kennedy
69.000 Ceres


I think Ralph Ewell was there at the time. Great band!


Yup. My mom got them on video at the WSMBC Mission Viejo show. I remember this little pipsqueak band in green playing Robert W. Smith's "Divine Comedy" like it was nobody's business--all the runs, and dynamics (crescendos, etc.) done very, very well. It was like a mini concert band on the football field. When Mr. Ewell left, sadly Victorville fell back into obscurity. But wherever that director goes, he seems to have the Midas touch!


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 Post subject: Re: Best CA Bands of the 90's?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 5:45 pm 
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Mission Viejo 98: "Serenade": won WBA with this. Never seen anything like this up till this point. 3rd in prelims. Flipped with Etiwanda in Finals for the top spot that left Logan in 2nd.

1994 West Bakersfield (yes, West Bakersfield...with that Christmas time drum-corps-esque show) my alma...was on staff that year. it was more of a "Seasons" show

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 Post subject: Re: Best CA Bands of the 90's?
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James Logan 1998: Powerhouse: I know most people will point to 99 as the standout Logan year for the decade, but for my money, 98 was playful, powerful and Logan at its' purest. with Ramiro Barrera as BD's program coordinator, it was refined for BD in 1999


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