By KHASHAYAR GHAFFARIEH
University High School’s Marching Trojan Regiment placed first overall in the South Coast Invitational at Costa Mesa High School this past Saturday. They received a score of 77.4, the highest score in all five of the divisions.
Although the marching band and color guard faced multiple obstacles over the course of the event, including weather circumstances, they were able to overcome with diligence and confidence in their abilities.
“Rain definitely had an effect and it caused some confusion, however we were able to pull through together and compete well,” Junior Daniel Lee.
The same diligence and commitment has been dedicated throughout the course of their field season proving high hopes for future competitions.
“It’s not about the challenges we face this year, but the fact that we have a long history giving us a lot of time to learn from our mistakes,” Band Director Mr. Corey Heddon said, “Every year we just get stronger and stronger.”
This year’s theme is Know Thyself, an ode to David Bowie’s legacy and his influence on the music culture. The theme illustrates the talents of every single member of the regiment, and demonstrates the team’s ability to work together beautifully and in-sync. The performance displayed the character and discipline of the team, ultimately paying off in first place overall in the highest division.
“They do a really good job, they are very proud of what they do, they really enjoy what they do, and because of that it’s easy for me to focus on the next step,” Heddon said.
Junior Samuel Dishon, mirroring Mr. Heddon’s thoughts, said, “It felt really good because we are all really proud of our show this year… but we still have a lot of cleaning to do prior to the next competition.”