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San Marcos Band and Colorguard Wins!
updated: Dec 03, 2012, 10:13 AM

Source: San Marcos High School

San Marcos Marching Band and Colorguard Best in Southern California

The San Marcos Marching Band and Colorguard took home the Gold medal and Southern California State Championship on Saturday, December 1st held at Ramona HS in Riverside, CA. . They competed in Division 2A of the SCSBOA (Southern California Schools Band and Orchestra Association) circuit, against eleven other bands. In order to qualify for championships San Marcos had to compete in at least three regular season competitions and have one of the twelve highest combined cumulative scores out of approximately 40 total bands. San Marcos was seeded 5th going into championships but performed 6th overall based on a random draw for seeds 5-8.

San Marcos made history by becoming the first band to win from such an early performance time and low seed going into championships. San Marcos was also the smallest band to compete with 51 musicians and 13 colorguard members. The cutoff for Division 1A is 50 musicians and the Royals competing in 2A, were outmatched by up to 25 performers. "This remarkable accomplishment is a testament to how hard each student works and how dedicated they have been for the last five months. This win is one of the most amazing accomplishments the Marching Band and Colorguard have ever achieved and I have never been more proud to be working as San Marcos' Band Director. This is truly an incredible group of musicians and performers," states Band Director Michael Kiyoi. Marching captionhead instructor Jon Fernandez stated, "it was great to end the season on the best performance of the year."

San Marcos is conducted by Drum Major Niko Victoria.

Lindsay-Cait Campbell and Nikki Riedinger, Colorguard captains

Ray Ramos, Drum Captain

Kaeli Distefano, Front Ensemble Captain

Staff members include: Michael Kiyoi, Director; Lozell Henderson, Percussion Captionhead; Jon Fernandez, Marching Captionhead instructor; Idonarose Orr, Colorguard Captionhead; Jack Trieger, colorguard; Amanda Adams, colorguard; Marcus Loman, battery percussion; Allena Rivera, front ensemble percussion; Dave Tompson, brass.

San Marcos Marching Band and Colorguard will be performing a free community performance on Tuesday December 11th at 6:30 PM in Warkentin Stadium on the San Marcos campus. They also have a silent auction fundraiser this Saturday December 8th, from 5:00-9:00 PM at the Wildcat lounge located on Ortega.

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 COMMENT 349728 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 11:24 AM

Didn't I see them in the Holiday parade the night before? Amazing!


 COMMENT 349748 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 12:15 PM

Awesome guys - great job!


 COMMENT 349758 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 12:54 PM

Great Job Royals!!! Wow, though, 2A division? Man, the band has gotten so small since I've been in HS. When i was in it, we were abour 150+ members, and got invited to perform in Carnegie Hall, Marching Band Nationals in the Colts Stadium in Indianapolis, and the Walt Disney World Parade in FL.

Those were the good old days :)


 COMMENT 349765 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 01:10 PM

Way to go Royals !!


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2012-12-03 01:13 PM



 BULLSEYEB agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 01:50 PM

Congrats to the Royals!!!


 COMMENT 349827 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 03:16 PM

758 the budget cuts have really hurt the elementary music programs, so there is less interest at the Junior High levels, and then that gets filtered down to the high schools. Look how small all the marching bands were in the parade. I know from a friend San Marcos was invited to go to Florida this winter for a Bowl game, but the costs were too prohibited. You are right, times have changed.


 COMMENT 349857 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 04:17 PM

Great job Royals!


 COMMENT 349871 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 04:51 PM

Great job Royals - Congratulations Michael Kiyoi, Band Director.


 COMMENT 349944 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 08:42 PM

Outstanding. These youngsters work HARD!


 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-04 05:48 PM

Cngratulations on a great job. Between these kids and our DP mock trial team and engineers - I 'm so proud of Santa Barbara's young people. How refreshing to hear stories like this.


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