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St. Helens High School marching band and color guard gets ready to compete in Salem

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - The St. Helens High School marching band performs during a home football game on Friday, Sept. 22. The band debuted its fall show, 'The Rise and Fall of Rome,' during halftime.The St. Helens High School marching band and color guard prove an athletic field is not just for football players. It's also for musicians, and provides the perfect venue for entertainment.

The St. Helens marching band and color guard had their first performance of the school year at the St. Helens home football game last week, Friday, Sept. 22, where the group debuted its fall show, "The Rise and Fall of Rome."

The band has spent nearly six weeks learning drill sets and practicing music for the show. Some of the work was completed over the summer break.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Members of the St. Helens High School color guard perform at a home football game on Sept. 22. The marching band and color guard spent six weeks learning their show and will head to the first competition of the season in Salem this weekend.In August, students took part in a nine-day band and color guard camp rehearsing from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily to learn the basics of marching and field performance.

After last week's debut, band members now have their sights set on the first competition of the fall season — the Pacific Coast Invitational Marching Band Guard Competition on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Sprague High School.

St. Helens will perform at 11:15 a.m., competing against five other bands in its division in the preliminary round of the invitational. A quality performance could land them in the finals.

On Oct. 14 the band will also compete in the Sunset Classic Marching Band and Guard Competition in Hillsboro, followed by another showing on Oct. 28 at the Century Showcase Marching Band and Guard Competition.

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