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A big week for Northwest’s band program: Performances from the marching and All County band

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A big week for Northwest’s band program: Performances from the marching and All County band

The Northwest Marching band represents their state and school while marching down the red carpet during the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

The Northwest Marching band represents their state and school while marching down the red carpet during the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

The Northwest Marching band represents their state and school while marching down the red carpet during the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

The Northwest Marching band represents their state and school while marching down the red carpet during the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

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Last week, around sixty members of the Northwest marching viking band traveled across the country to Los Angeles to represent both their school and state in the Hollywood Christmas Parade and another parade through Disneyland.

The trip didn’t consist of only performances. Some time was also spent having fun and spending time with friends at Disneyland, Universal Studios, and on the Hollywood walk of fame. Overall, this made for a fairly memorable trip for the students who participated.

“The trip was a lot of fun. I made many new close, lasting friendships throughout the stay,” Sophomore Delaney Moran said, “my favorite part of the trip overall was being in Disneyland with all of my friends.”

On Sunday Nov. 25, the band marched for about an hour straight down the red carpet and through Sunset Blvd. in the Hollywood Christmas Parade. As the parade did offer a new, interesting experience, it was also demanding of the participants.

“Marching in the Hollywood Christmas Parade was really cool at first, being we got to see Hollywood at night and walk down the red carpet,” Moran said, “but it was really hard towards the end, because i got super tired, it was a really long parade route.”

The following day, the band traveled to Disneyland to give their second and final parade of the trip. This one was much shorter than the previous night’s parade and was a lot of fun for the students.

Disney was a lot more quick (than the HCP), but we had to play a whole lot more. It was still cool to see all the people cheering for us. Hollywood was really long, but Disney was cool because we got to see a few characters backstage.” Shouse said.

For Shouse and the other seniors who attended this trip, this is their final big trip with their high school marching band. For many of them, this is very bittersweet moment and a time of reflection back on all of their experiences with the band.

“I don’t think I would have wanted to spend my last trip any other way. I had never been to California, so it was really cool to experience the west coast life. I was also with my best friends, who mean more than anything to me. It’s definitely a bitter-sweet feeling, and I’ll miss the fun times I have had with my friends.” Shouse said

The Hollywood Christmas Parade will air on CW on Dec. 14 between 7pm and 10pm EST. But right now, those who participated are working hard to get caught up on the assignments they missed while they were away in Hollywood. Fortunately for some of them, it isn’t as bad as it would sound.

“Teachers know that we’ve been busy and are fairly flexible when it comes to making up quizzes and tests,” Shouse said, “it’s still kind of stressful, but i’m glad i had the weekend to start getting caught back up.”

As most of the band went back to school Wednesday, a select group of musicians were chosen to play in Guilford county’s all-county band. All-county clinics took place at Walter Hines Page high school Nov. 29-30 and the concert took place on the night of the second day.

The audition process for all-county took place on Oct. 30 at Western Guilford middle school. You were required to play four scales picked at random along with a chromatic scale, a selected portion of a solo and a piece to sight read.

“I got home [from the Hollywood trip] at 10:30pm, our flight was four and a half hours,” said sophomore Savannah Lawson, who went to California and all-county. “I was really tired and my body didn’t know what time it was.”

“I really enjoyed being able to play in the ensemble and I enjoyed the pieces we played.” said Lawson.

“Last year it was really boring because not a lot of people [from Northwest] made it,” said sophomore Mason Fuller. “This year it was pretty enjoyable because many of my friends were there.”

“It was pretty interesting to see how the other band director taught,” said Fuller. “It really taught me how to be a better musician and get a better hold of musical concepts and sight reading.”

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