By Cliff Djajapranata,
Dozens of musicians descended upon Davis High for food, music and fun.
In its annual event, the DHS bands hosted a barbecue for all new and returning members of the program on the evening of Aug. 28. The barbecue was then followed by the first Pep Band practice of the year for the home football game on Sept. 5.
The bands include a host of veteran musicians looking forward to the new year, including senior Symphonic Band bassist Blaise Jones.
“[I’m looking forward to] the band trip because I’ve always wanted to go to San Diego, and that’s where we’re going, so it sounds like a chill place to be,” Jones said.
While Jones is in his last year, sophomore Jesse Brandt is a new face among all of the musicians and is looking forward to being a part of the Jazz Band.
“I’ve heard that the Jazz Band is really good, and I’ve heard them before, and they sound really good. I’m really excited to play with all of those great people,” Brandt said.
Band director Tom Slabaugh is especially excited to work with the new sophomores in the coming year.
“The sophomore class, just working with them and talking to them, seems really excited. They’re really enthusiastic, and they seem really dedicated,” Slabaugh said. “They’re here because they’re interested in being in band, and that’s wonderful.”
Slabaugh thought that the first Pep Band rehearsal went very well, thanks to the new student officer council. The council is composed of student leaders within the band, including the new senior Pep Band Directors Emily Rogers and Nick Bachand.
“We have a wonderful officer council. They get stuff done, and because of that, we were able to end a little bit early and get more done today,” Slabaugh said.
While much of the evening’s events was filled with fun, the students are ready to work and make some music.
“It seems exciting. It seems like it’s going to be a lot more challenging than junior high, but I’m ready for that, and it sounds pretty great,” Brandt said.