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Marching band place 4th at area, look to future competitions

Alyssa Heist, Writer

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After receiving all division ones at the UIL Region competition, Coronado’s marching band placed fourth at the SISD Marchfest competition in Odessa last weekend.

Pebble Hills High School and Montwood High School placed first and second respectively, with Permian High School claiming third. Both Pebble Hills and Montwood will advance to the UIL 6A State Marching Band Contest.

“We had a pretty disappointing end to the season but when it’s all said and done, I’m always going to remember that final run through as my favorite,” drum major Daniel Bernal said. “We all had fun and we put on a good show and I’m pretty sure that if you ask anyone else who was on that field with us, they’ll say the same.”

On Saturday, November 3rd, the Coronado percussion section will perform at the Eastwood Throwdown, a percussion competition in which sections from multiple different schools come together to participate in a contest. Performances include both standstill (playing without moving) and a marching show (playing while marching.) The show is decided by the director and typically consists of selections from the marching show for the season. This year, the Coronado percussion section will be performing their music from the 2018 marching show, “Pandora.”

Regarding improvements for next year, the band aims to persevere and learn from this year’s shortcomings.

“I feel like the new schedules and construction stuff going on threw us off at the beginning of the season and it took us a while to recover and get back into the rhythm that we’ve had in past years,” Bernal said. It was pretty stressful dealing with problems and situations that we haven’t had before so I think making sure we’re all on the same page 100% of the time is definitely something we should work towards next year.”

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Marching band place 4th at area, look to future competitions