L-R: Jackie Navarette, Ben Haslund, Niko Victoria, Jessie Rydman, Nikki Reidinger

The San Marcos High School Marching Band and Colorguard has started the 2013 competition season in the same place where it left off last year, with a win. The group dominated the Valencia High School Field Competition this past Sat. Oct. 12 with a score of 69.10, the highest score in the entire competition.

The Royals won awards for Music Effect, Visual Effect, Percussion, and the coveted Sweepstakes award for the best overall score. “Although it is early in our season, we were happy to have a great performance and win the competition. But we know we still have lots of work to do to continue to improve and get ready for state,” stated percussion member Colman Schmidt. The Royals won the state competition in 2012 and are working to defend that title this coming November.

The ensemble is under the direction of Michael Kiyoi and is conducted by Drum Major Niko Victoria. This year’s show is entitled “DROP” with music by Lozell Henderson and drill by Eric Sala.


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