I just want to congratulate every group who participated in the Festival of Bands
. It was one of the best festivals I have ever seen. I think I'm feeling a little sick from the light rain last night, but it was fun though. And thanks to all the bands for staying to perform, especially the 6A bands when the rain started to come down just a little more. I do have a few comments and PLEASE do not take anything personal; it's only my opinion:
I thought Schurr High School (Montebello) could have scored higher than their score of 91. something (sorry, don't remember exact score). Just a couple of weeks ago, they received a 93.45 at the Chino Invitational Band Review, placing them third overall in that event only behind Montebello (1st) and Arcadia (Sweepstakes). In my opinion, they performed a lot better at Arcadia yet received a lower score than when they were at Chino. Great Job to Schurr High School and keep up the good work. I thought other bands could have scored a little higher also but Shurr High School was the one that surprised me the most.
All the bands in AA did an outstanding job. I was blown away by Rancho Bernardo!! Special merits to that group. They looked focused and the way they played Washington Greys amazed me. It was almost like perfection!
Mt. Carmel did an outstanding job as well and hopefully they can win next year since they were narrowly beaten by their rivals this year again!
Bonita Vista: Well what can I say about that group. Congratulations to the Auxiliary for taking Band Review Sweepstakes, and to the other auxiliary groups also who came in very close to almost winning Aux. sweepstakes (El Dorado and Rancho Bernardo). I do think though that in the field, Bonita Vista's auxiliary should have scored higher than the score they received. The band did a great job during the Band Review as well as on the field.
Dimond Bar looked great on the street and I think they could have scored just a little higher had it not been for that F-18 that flew over them, but they recived the third best score overall (band review), so congratulations to them. They have a superv Band Director and will continue to do extremely well.
Chino, Diamond Bar, Mt. Carmel, and Racho Buena Vista did a great job on the field and should be very proud of their scores. They were all less than point apart!! I think what hurt Kennedy's score was that they performed without a colorguard/aux. unit but Im not so sure about that.
El Dorado looked awesome on both parade and field. I loved that Chicago theme they performed. I did notice improvement from when they performed it at the Mt. Carmel Invitational and their score proved it! The aux. unit did very well also.
Again Congratulations to the all the participating groups at the Arcadia Festival of Bands and best of luck to those participating at the SCSBOA Championships in San Diego next week.