Yanira Matute, Michelle Perea, Witshi Bien-Aime & Mariah Brawley
NORWALK-Brien McMahon held its 28th annual Celebration of Sound, a friendly competition between local high school bands and color guard, that took place this Saturday, September 16th on the Jack Casagrande field. Norwalk High School, Trumbull High School and other local high school bands and color guard took the field for their first formal presentation of the band as a whole.
“C.O.S is basically just like our home show for marching band and everything. Bands from different areas like Trumbull and from other towns and everything come and compete. It’s basically our exhibition show. We’re not really competing,” said Oliver Belfort, McMahon saxophone player (‘18).
With more than 5 schools joining our band on the field, the stands were expected to be completely filled and the audience did not disappoint. Students and seniors paid $7 to get in while adults paid $10. By the end of the first intermission, finding a seat was difficult for most people who wanted to get the best seat in the house.
The itinerary included (not in order of performance) Danbury High School, Bethel High School, Bunnell Stratford High School, Brien McMahon High School, Westhill High School, Naugatuck High School, Newtown High School, New Milford High School, Trumbull High School and Norwalk High School.
School spirit was heard loud and proud from each individual school. After the bands and color guard were done performing, parents/adults and students stood and clapped as the band walked off the field.
“They were very engaged and people were cheering for different bands even if they didn’t know them,” said audience member A’niaya Nieves (‘19)
After the show was over the scores were announced. Bethel High School earned 74.325 points, Bunnell Stratford High School got rated with 76.875 points, Brien McMahon High School received 75.225 points, which has improved 8 points since last year, Westhill High School earned 72.850 points, and Norwalk High School received the highest score of 81.350 points.
Schools were scored on categories such as music individuality, music ensemble, and overall effect. Bands were also scored on marching and how well they followed the drill for the show.
For a band member, the most difficult thing is trying not to make a mistake. “From my perspective, it’s a rush getting onto the field because I don’t want to make a mistake and make the band look bad,” said Oliver Belfort.
The Celebration of the Sound was only the beginning for marching band members. They compete in the championship called Yamaha Cup at MetLife Stadium. However, the bands compete in more local shows at schools such as Norwalk High School, Bethel High School, and Trumbull High School. This weekend they will be competing in New Milford and Naugatuck High School.
If you missed this year’s Celebration of Sound, be sure to check it out next year. Also be sure to watch them in more local shows and be prepared for a great season for this year’s marching band and color guard.