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Friday, February 16, 2018

The Marching Band Rocks the Half-Time Show

After weeks of preparation, the San Mateo Marching ‘Bearcat’ Band performed in front of hundreds of spectators during the 89 Annual ‘Little Big Game’ vs Burlingame. Countless hours have been spent creating, practicing and performing the routine that debuted on Nov. 5.

The field show consisted of the marching band playing three songs from the 80’s; “Take on Me,” Thriller” and “Living on a Prayer;” as well as moving in various formations and patterns. The whole show was designed by Ralph Shehayed, a junior, who is the drum major for the whole marching band.

The outline for the show was created by “thinking, ‘What are some things we can shape up to be?’ Like, ‘oh, a VHS tape’ and then that was it. Then it was bunch of shapes and formations from there,” said Ralph. Though the process was very painstaking, each and every step of every individual band member in the show was choreographed and designed by Ralph.

One of the biggest challenges for Ralph when preparing for the show was “keeping the band together for the whole show, in terms of tempo,” said Ralph. Unless each member of the marching band keeps a keen eye on the conductor during the show, the songs can begin to drag; getting slower and slower as the song progresses, and not sounding as good as they could.

Luckily, the band has been “really improving a lot from where they were a few weeks ago with the field show. It’s exponentially better,” said Ralph before the show. With zero period every day, and one eight-hour day of rehearsal, the band has had plenty of time to practice for the show. The Little Big Game rehearsal was held on Oct. 30 at San Mateo, and it consisted of eight hours of rehearsing music, practicing the show and memorizing parts. It was “ really fun.We got better as a band and learned to play together,” said Garrett Wong, a freshman. The rehearsal was offset, however, by on-and-off rain throughout the day, which prevented the band from practicing on the field.

The hardest part of the show was “memorizing the music correctly and making sure you get each step in tempo. It’s just getting all the parts done correctly at the same time,” said George Elefante, a freshman. The members of the band are not allowed to bring music with them during the performance, and must subsequently memorize all three songs in their entirety, as well as their specific routines throughout the show.

Finally, the marching band performed the show during the halftime of the Little Big Game, and it was a huge success. With minimal errors in the show, and many other fantastic performances by San Mateo’s color guard, dance team and advanced dance class to back it up; San Mateo may have lost the football game, but it definitely won in the halftime show.

(Left to right) Sterling Finn (12), Preston Lo (11), Matt Veglak (11), Maxwell Fukada (11), and Colton Fin (10) march to the Little Big Game.

(Left to right) Sterling Finn (12), Preston Lo (11), Matt Veglak (11), Maxwell Fukada (11), and Colton Fin (10) march to the Little Big Game.

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