Band places 2nd in Pismo Beach

Other Staff

Continuing their successful year, the high school Eagle Marching band took second in Division E at the 23rd annual Pismo Beach Band Review on Nov. 10. The band returned with their fourth top four ranking in the last month, losing to Fowler by only one tenth of a point.

“I was very pleased with the results,” Paul McEntee, band director, said. “We were stuck in between first and third place by a tenth of a point and the band that placed 1st was almost four times our size. The Pismo parade is always a good experience.”

Drum Major David Pohl, ’03, placed third out of nine participants.

“I’m glad to have finally caught up with the major from Hanford West,” Pohl said. “He always beats me, but this time he only beat me by a tenth of a point.”

Pismo is the last parade of the year and the band has been anticipating it for many weeks.

“We did the best we could,” Phillip Ocheltree, ’04, said. “I was excited about the results. We worked hard for it and deserved the rank we got.”

Some students however think they gave the judges a first place, quality performance, but were not awarded with it.

“I thought we deserved to win,” Susan Portugal, ’03, said. “I was a little upset with the results but I had fun hanging out with my friends.”

The band plans to carry over their marching success over to the concert season.
McEntee said the band will march in a final parade in the non-adjudicated Clovis Christmas Parade on Nov. 30.