NHS marching band wraps up rewarding season

NHS marching band wraps up rewarding season
Posted on 11/25/2019
NHS marching bandSource Nogales International

The Pride of Nogales marching band from Nogales High School recently wrapped up a fall season in which they perfected a show that senior members said took them to new heights.

“This was one of the more exciting shows that we’ve had – in all my four years, it’s the most exciting,” senior drum major Monica Navarro said of “The Arena,” a show that tells the story of a female boxer who loses a fight, but comes back to win a rematch.

A member of the Arizona Marching Band Association (AzMBA) 2A Class, the NHS band performed “The Arena” at competitions beginning with the Ironwood Ridge Show and the University of Arizona Band Day, earning third place at both.

Next up was the Walden Grove Show, where they finished in second place. And they wrapped up the season on Nov. 9 at the AzMBA 2A Class Championship at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, where they came in 11th in a field of 23.

“All the kids put in a lot of effort, there wasn’t any negativity,” said Marcel Aguirre, alternate drum major and section leader for saxophones. “At times we did have our setbacks because people were tired and it was a long rehearsal. But through all of that, we stuck it out and I think the results were really worthwhile. I’m proud.”

The band earned auxiliary captions at the Ironwood Ridge, UA and Walden Grove competitions, meaning they were judged to have the best color guard performances. Aguirre attributed those distinctions to the dynamism of the show, in which a member of the pom team battled a member of the flag team in a ring, with the pom winning the first fight and the flag taking the rematch.

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