Marching band wins Sweepstakes

Amy Miyahara, Asst. A&E Editor

The Diamond Bar High School Thundering Herd continued their victory march Oct. 29 , winning Sweepstakes at the Loara Band Review.

The band performed “The Voice of the Guns” and was judged in marching, musicianship and showmanship. They earned a score of 191.0 out of 200 in marching, 477.5 out of 500 in music, and 283.5 out of 300 in showmanship, resulting in an overall score of 95.20 out of 100.

Color guard also won Sweepstakes with a score total score of 95.10. They were judged for the content of their routine, execution, showmanship and marching excellence.

“We improved the things we’ve been focusing on and everyone’s approach leading up to the competition led to a solid run,” color guard co-captain Patrick Tran said via Facebook. “I feel satisfied knowing that the work we put in since our last parade has paid off, and at the same time I feel eager to work even harder to beat our score.”

Senior Rebecca Kimn placed first in the drum major division, with a score of 91.80.

“Because of the pressure to retain the title from last year, I was very nervous going into competition,” Kimn said via Facebook. “I performed better than I anticipated and the scores and placings reflected that.’

The Thundering Herd won first place at the Placentia Band Review on Oct. 8. but came in second in the sweepstakes after Riverside King High School.

Band director Steve Acciani was pleased overall with the performance, but ultimately tries to have the marching band focused on being the best that it can be.

“We try to never talk about placements…because every group is working just as hard,” he said. “We really just compete with ourselves, and if we do that, we’re going to walk away from the season feeling very successful.”

The Thundering Herd has three more competitions this season: the Chino Band Review, the Chula Vista Band Review, and the Arcadia Band Review.