YHS marching band receives honors

The Yosemite High School marching band has brought home some impressive awards from recent competitions - the school’s first appearance in competitive field shows.

The band appeared in the Orange Cove Band Review in November and won the Parade High Music award, presented to the band with the highest parade music score, beating out nine other bands from the Central Valley. The band won five other awards at the review, including third place for the YHS Auxiliary, and first place for Megan Montalto for Military Drum Major.

Following Orange Cove, the band traveled to Golden Valley High School in Merced, to compete in the Central California Band Review, taking second place in the AAA division for field show.

“Many members of the community have seen the band at home football games or in the Heritage Days parade, but we felt it was time to show the band’s hard work to others outside of the Mountain Area,” said Band Director Francisco Marquez. “I’m extremely proud of all the hard work and dedication the students have put in to make the competitive marching season such a success. I believe the students were impressed with what they accomplished this season, and they can not wait to see what next year will bring.”

The Yosemite High Winter Concert is at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, at Mountain Christian Center. Tickets cost $4.

- Yosemite High correspondent