Alison Sprague……On Saturday, October 25th, the RBV Rhythm of the Ranch Marching Band and Colorguard hosted its 13th annual Premier Field Tournament, inviting 23 bands from all over southern California. These groups took the field to showcase their talents and provide spectators with a magnificent show.
All throughout the day, the school was filled with vibrant colors and sounds. Dancers and musicians were seen and heard rehearsing throughout the school for their upcoming performances. In the stadium, bands filtered in and out to perform the shows they had been working on for months. RBV band students ran around helping the visiting bands to ensure the event ran smoothly.
“With countless hour of practice, days of rehearsal, working together, and knowing that everyone is working towards one goal, music is the driving force that can take us to places the imagination can see” writes band director Eric Weirather. RBV’s field tournament is an opportunity for bands to showcase what they have been spending countless hours creating.
The tournament was split into two blocks — the first block consisted of the smaller bands, and featured an award ceremony at 3:45 pm. As the evening progressed, the sizes of the bands got larger. The second awards ceremony was held at 9:00 pm. Weirather stressed that although trophies were given at the show, no performer was a loser. What counts is the effort and dedication students exhibit.
Photos courtesy of Christina Hyland
By the end of the night, the stands were packed full of enthusiastic audience members, including various bands that stayed after their performance to enjoy the show. RBV’s Rhythm of the Ranch closed the tournament with an outstanding performance, dazzling the audience with their storybook-themed show entitled “Once Upon A Time,” which delves into the mind of a child.
The RBV band relies heavily on volunteers to pull this massive event together. Parents, students, and staff volunteer their time to make the tournament run smoothly. “These people work extremely hard… to ensure that every detail is addressed and that all participants have a positive experience” commented RBV principal Chuck Schindler.
The Rhythm of the Ranch Marching Band and Colorguard still has several tournaments left in their competitive season. If you wish stay updated on future tournament dates and locations or donate to the program, visit the Rhythm of the Ranch website at http://www.rbvband.org/
Alison Sprague is an RBV High School Intern