Spectrum community school marching band students Matt Montgomery

Spectrum community school marching band students Matt Montgomery

Spectrum band Grey Cup bound

Parade prefaces Sunday’s match-up between the B.C. Lions and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

  • Nov. 24, 2011 10:00 a.m.

While Mount Douglas secondary is making waves in the high school AAA football world, the spotlight will shine on Spectrum community school at this weekend’s CFL Grey Cup festivities.

Ninety-two musically inclined students will travel to Vancouver tomorrow morning (Nov. 26) to march in the parade that prefaces Sunday’s match-up between the B.C. Lions and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

“I put it to the kids to decide between doing this and (Victoria’s) Santa Claus parade. They thought this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” band teacher Jamie Davis said. “The kids are pumped about it, and I’m really excited for them.”

The marching band students are no strangers to pressure. Performing in parades that route through crowded streets is a staple of the program – but they’re expecting this one to be a little different.

“It’s a bigger deal than any other (parade) we’ve done,” Grade 11 student Matt Montgomery said.

“This is more nerve-racking. We have a bigger audience – I think it gets shown on TV all across Canada,” added Megan Greenwood, also in Grade 11.

A lot can go wrong when marching, she said.

It’s not just the performance of a song – there’s also the requirement of marching in unison, memorizing the music, maintaining good posture, and ensuring your instrument is always up and presentable. And then there are the challenges presented by the weather.

The band has practised outdoors in the morning chill this week to prepare for the wind, rain and cold that could grip Vancouver on Saturday.

“It takes a lot of concentration,” Greenwood said. “It’s hard work.”

The students will perform Harold Bennett’s Advance March while taking part in the parade along with the myriad floats, dancers and 13 other marching bands winding their way through downtown Vancouver. Victoria’s Corey Monteith (star of the hit TV show Glee) is the parade grand marshal.

“It’s the performance aspect of this that’s exciting to them,” band teacher Davis said about the Grade 9 through 12 students participating in such a unique parade venue. “That’s what all of them look forward to. Nobody wants to just sit in the band room and perform every four months. They want to showcase what they learn, showcase what they do – and this is a great stage to do that.”

kslavin@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.’s Indigenous language, art and culture

North Saanich advisor says initiative supports urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

General manager Lindsey Pomper says Sidney’s Star Cinema cannot wait welcome audiences when it reopens June 18, amid an easing of public health measures. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney’s Star Cinema raises curtain for the first time after months in the darkness

Iconic theatre to reopen at half capacity for Friday night showing

A dogs in parks pilot study unanimously approved by Saanich council will evaluate how park space can best be shared between dog owners and non-owners alike. (Photo by Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Saanich to study park-sharing strategy between those with and without pets

District-wide People, Parks and Dogs study to produce recommendations by fall

Staff member Lena Laitinen gives the wall at BoulderHouse a workout during a media tour on June 16. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)
BoulderHouse raring to rock Langford

Popularity of bouldering continues to climb across Greater Victoria

GardenWorks nursery in Oak Bay at its home until August. (Black Press Media file photo)
GardenWorks puts down new roots in Oak Bay this summer

Nursery shifts down The Avenue to fill former fitness studio space

The BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin saw 16 fawns come through in May, with another four in the first four days of June. (Courtesy Wild ARC)
An abandoned fawn doesn’t mean it’s orphaned, reminds Greater Victoria wildlife expert

20 orphaned fawns turned in to Wild ARC in Metchosin so far this season

(Black Press Media file photo)
POLL: When was the last time you visited the mainland?

The films are again lighting the screens at local theatres, the wine… Continue reading

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of June 15

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact he recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz have set their wedding date for February, hoping that more COVID-19 restrictions will have lifted. (The Macleans)
B.C. couples ‘gambling’ on whether COVID rules will let them dance at their wedding

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz pushed back their wedding in hopes of being able to celebrate it without the constraints of COVID-19

Most Read