And the band comes marching in

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The Patriot Marching Band entered its first competition of the school year, the Falcon Sound Invitational, Oct. 11, at Charles W. Flanagan High School.

The band began with its warm-up in the parking lot behind the school, playing through a scale in unison so the “bandos” could properly balance their sound.

Before their warm-up time ended, band director Ms. Kimberly Imerbsin called the entire band together for a final motivational talk before showtime. Afterward, band marched to the water station and waited for the performing band to finish. Then it was showtime.

Band members marched around the track to the back of the field and then moved forward to their starting positions. Drum major senior Izzie Quiros counted down and the band began playing.

The band started the first of the three movements and right from the start, the audience enjoyed the show. The judges could be seen walking around the field and sitting in the press box making comments into their recording devices.

“I think it was the best sounding performance they’ve ever had,” junior high band director Ms. Isabelle Antoine said. Quiros had a similar review, saying, “They did really well.  They did exactly what they needed to do and more. I’m so proud of them.”

After getting a group picture, the band moved to the bleachers and watched the rest of the bands perform.

The last band of the evening performed and Quiros, seniors Nick Halbig and Alyssa Scrivner and junior Glenn Medina walked to retreat, the competition award ceremony. A group of middle school band students performed the Star Spangle Banner and the ceremony began.

In the end, the band won the award for Superior Music.  This award excited senior Nick Halbig and junior Glenn Medina, as they are the composers of the show’s music.

The band’s next major marching show is at the District 15 Florida Bandmasters Association’s Music Performance Assessment Nov. 1 at Coral Springs High School.

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