Battle of the Bands: Clovis West marching band to compete at regional competitions

FRESNO, Calif. - One local high school marching band is ending their year with a bang.

The Clovis West marching band, a nationally ranked team, leaves Friday morning to Utah for two of their biggest competitions of the year.

Every note they've played and each step they've taken all lead up to this weekend when they travel to Utah to compete in the UMEA Red Rocks State Competition and Bands of America regional competition. One weekend and two competitions which are the capstone of their season.

"It's pretty big because bands from Washington, Utah, New Mexico come to this really big competition," said Assistant Drum Major Jacqueline Uribe.

"We've been preparing for this since May. Kids have been coming in throughout the summer working on technical skills. This all is in preparation for a ten minute show. It's details. Lots and lots of details over and over again. The kids work hard," said Band Director bryan Chesi.

Their show, Carnival of Animals.

"They should expect a good laugh. Our show is really quirky this year," said Uribe.

"It's definitely playful. We are able to elicit a reaction from the audience. You'll see elephants. You'll see some shenanigans from the horns. You'll see props. You'll see imagery from the group," said Chesi.

He said competition is more than just walking away with shiny trophies but it gives students a sense of community and allows them to live out their passion

"Especially when you involve marching and movement. Music can really dig in deep and get to those kids who may not get it anywhere else. It touches you a little bit more than anything else," he said.

"The crowd is really what gets me especially when they get crazy," said Senior Percussionist Robbie Darling.

"Music means a lot to me. I had no clue how much it was going to mean to me growing up but it's transformed my life and transformed me as a person," said Senior Contra Player Hadley Daniels.

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