Bassett Marching Band Strikes “Waves of Freedom” at the Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade

Tillie Cortez, staff writer

Bassett’s marching band and color guard (auxiliary) have been having a successful school year so far.
During 2017, three parades took place, where awards were won and much cheer was passed to the music department, families and onlookers watching their performance.
The band’s first parade was the Azusa Golden Days parade where band, color guard and drum major were awarded third place for Division 2 Band.
Marching band redeemed themselves at the 67th annual Covina Christmas Parade on December 2nd, placing second against five other schools.
“I feel like the first few parades went well. I’m excited to see what’s to come,” said Karla Felix-Soto.
Through weekly practice and endless hours of refinement, band and guard are able to perform exceedingly. They practice every Monday and Wednesday after school from five in the afternoon to seven thirty. Each practice creates a new level of remembrance in the students mind.
“You know what they say, practice makes perfect. I feel that through each practice, our sound and footing gets better by the second. Even though staying late after school isn’t really a preference of mine, I’m glad we are for the benefit of marching band.,“ states Victoria Sanchez (11)
On February 24th, band and guard performed and competed in the Temple City Parade and Festival.  Unfortunately, Band did not place in competition however color guard and drum major placed 2nd for Bassett.
The following week, marching band and auxiliary competed in the Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade. Although their goal wasn’t met, awards were still given to the band and guard. Marching band and drum major took second place for Bassett, while color guard brought home a first place trophy. The band were distraught to hear they didn’t do as well as they had hoped. However, this proved to be a push to fight for what they deserve. After reviewing the score sheet, they know what they need to improve and intend to come back stronger next year.
“The kids were good. I am happy with the commitment that they have been putting in since the beginning of the year. Although we didn’t place as fairly as we would have liked, I am positive that we are going to go in strong next year and win first place,” said band director Manuel Gutierrez.