The 2012-2013 school year is going to be a big one for the Los Alamos High School marching band. Starting the first week of August, the band practiced every day for two weeks, before school had even started. Aside from the band class during the school day, the group also practices from 6:30-8:30 p.m. two evenings during the week.
While a large portion of the band’s responsibility is to perform at football games, all of the practice contributes to its performance at marching band competitions, as well. Various pep bands will play at basketball games, while small jazz ensembles play at events around town.
This year, the band will travel to two different competitions in October. The first takes place Oct.13 in Los Lunas.
Another big activity for the band is the spring break trip to Disneyland. Nate Hall, a senior who has played the alto saxophone for eight years and is one of two drum majors said, “We will not only go to Disneyland and the beach and have fun, but the band will record a fake sound track with the Disneyland musicians.”
The band relies on LAHS Band Booster Club parent volunteers to help with expenses, the performances and competitions and with this year’s trip fundraisers.