Santa Monica High School Marching Band 1st place in recent competition

It’s competitive season for the Santa Monica High School (Samohi) Marching Band, and they’re about to win it. The marching band recently competed against 14 other schools in different divisions in the 27th annual Irvine Invitational Field Tournament. With a total score of 80.75, the band took first place in three different categories, including: Band, Color Guard and Percussion.

“The growth from the last tournament and the increase in energy especially among the younger and newer members must be my favorite about this competition,” said Kevin McKeown,

Director of the Marching Band.

The Samohi Marching Band, currently holding the second highest score in Southern California, will compete in two more qualifying tournaments before advancing to the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) championships on November 20.

“We’ll do well,” said McKeown. “The students are very energetic and positive, and we hope we can keep them up to the last section.”

The Samohi Marching Band consists of 117 students of all grades. The marching band hosts soccer games at home, as well as many school and community events. In addition, the Samohi Marching Band participates in and takes part in parades and field shows. The Samohi Marching Band members are excited to be in person again this year after 2020, when competitions and events have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Submitted by Diana Bouchaaya, SMMUSD

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