St. Helens band, guard debut 2017 fall show
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.
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.