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Parkdale’s Marching band comes back with a BANG!

The Marching band is marching it’s way to Parkdale high school with school spirit. It isn’t just the marching band, but also the dance team as well. These dynamic duos were both seen in action during the spirit train making it their first performance and without a doubt did their best.

With the marching band back, this means that there has been some struggles. “The biggest issue is  a lot of kids were brand new like the kids never done marching band before,” said Marching band director, Mr.Martin “The pool of prior knowledge was very little, there was only on kid in [the marching band] there that has done it before. Everything else i had to teach from zero.”

Students not enrolling in the marching band is a major   problem. As a school marching band, Parkdale has Being part of the marching band can be an amazing opportunity to engage more in the school. Another benefit is that practices aren’t as hectic. “We practice three days a week from 2:30 to 4:30 and that’s only for the first quarter,” said Mr.Martin.

“The marching band is what made it [spirit train] lit. I liked how the marching band made me look forward to school functions.” said graduate of 2017, Kelly Alvarado

“It [the marching band] added spirit to it [school] because it brought smiles and cheers to the student reminding us students that Parkdale is our school homes.” said graduate 2018, Jese Vasquez.

These Parkdale graduate remember their memories of the marching band and how it brought more spirit to the school during the spirit trains, pep rally, and overall events in school because that’s the effect the marching band, the cheerleaders, and the dancers have. They bring the school together, which school should be about. Trying to bring everyone together to have the best experiences you can have while in high school.

“Marching band not being here is just a huge chunk of the school. It’s almost like the school is empty without the music, so it really helps with the school spirit quite a bit.” said Mr. Martin.

It’s very important to support theses groups throughout the school because school without would be a very bland school. So, support your school and join clubs/activities to have more memorable high school experiences. You might find yourself enjoying it very much.