GHS band takes home first place trophy in Clovis tournament
Gilroy – It was really close, a quarter of a point to be exact, but the Mustangs managed to stay on top and placed first in Division A at last weekend’s band competition in the central California city of Clovis.
Gilroy High School competed against eight other bands in Division A or bands with 60 or fewer members on Saturday.
Mustangs Director Joey Fortino said he was particularly impressed with the students’ performance since they had such a short time to practice. Because the tournament took place the weekend after Halloween weekend, the musicians didn’t have much time to practice as a unit.
“They did a really good job on Saturday,” he said. “Especially (considering) the fact that we only rehearsed three hours.”
Modesto’s Grace Davis High School band was the group that nearly beat GHS.
After learning that GHS was the winner Fortino and Grace Davis’ band director talked about the close competition.
Grace Davis beat GHS in Merced, their first show of the year and Fortino suspects that the two bands will wrestle it out at every contest this year.
The Mustangs will compete in another tournament Saturday at James Logan High School in Union City.
On Nov. 19 the band will travel to Long Beach to battle it out at another Western Band Association competition.
The Mustangs are looking forward to the Long Beach tournament because teams that place among the top three in their division compete in an open competition against all the other winners, regardless of the band’s size.