The band students, their director and eight parent chaperones celebrated their festival win with a trip to Disneyland, shown here on the Tea Party spinning cup ride.
Another outing the band enjoyed was a trip to Huntington Beach; students here stroll down the beach’s pier.
A new bronze plaque hangs in the band room of the Chino Valley High School Band.
The 37-member competition band, which includes one Heritage Middle School student, competed in the Anaheim Music Festival in California on April 4-6 and, were rated by three judged with a 74 out of 100.
It's what their director, Thomas Wiegert calls a "culmination of a five-year project." When Wiegert started working with the band three years ago, it had only eight members. Now the band has a total of 45, and another 74 students play in two bands, beginning and intermediate, at Heritage Middle School, which Wiegert also directs.
"It signifies that we have grown up, and that we are what we are supposed to be - a full, well-rounded band," Wiegert said.
At the competition award ceremony, CVHS senior band members, clarinetist Vanessa Herb and trombonist O.T. Stogner represented the band at the VIP table and accepted their plaque.
Vanessa, who also is the band's drum major, has been in band for seven years, calling music an "escape from day-to-day life of school and work." Her favorite song that the band performed in the competition was "Kentucky 1800" because the clarinets have a special part that stands out because it is slow and melodic.
O.T. also has played for seven years and loves the trombone because "it is unique with its slide and plays low and high notes."
Both seniors say the best part of band is the camaraderie with their band friends, calling it a "support system" and a "fun atmosphere." As leaders in their sections, Vanessa and O.T. help fellow students with the music, if needed.
While in California, the band and troupe visited Disneyland and Huntington Beach and Pier. The Chino Valley business community donated money for the band to buy T-shirts to wear at Disneyland, making it easier to keep track of each other.
The following students commented on the competition.
Staci Sjostrom, freshman clarinetist, said, "The best part of the trip was the competition. Being able to play in front of judges was a horrifying but wonderful experience."
Camden Martinez, a freshman Alto Sax player said, "The best part of our trip to the festival was hearing feedback from another director's point of view. "
Zoe Dunn, sophomore flutist commented, "Our trip was a huge success! I think we did a lot better than we all thought we would, at the competition!! I had an amazing time."
I think we all did."