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Band plays overtime as schedule shifts

With sport distraction for band, an extra day of rehearsal means less time for academics

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drum major and senior Savidu Geevaratne leads the royal alliance through rehersal

drum major and senior Savidu Geevaratne leads the royal alliance through rehersal

drum major and senior Savidu Geevaratne leads the royal alliance through rehersal

Azura Gutierrez, Staff Writer

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Being in marching band means dedication and long hours. This year, it also means sleepless nights.

Because the marching band is no longer a class but now a sport, there is now no time during school hours for band to practice. Students who are in marching band are spread out throughout three band classes, Symphonic Band, Concert Band and Wind Ensemble.

Students now gather on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. This makes sleep a problem for students who have homework to do after practice.

“On days we practice I usually am not able to sleep until 1 a.m.,” said sophomore Courtney Kahai.

This new schedule is also adding more stress to the students in AP classes.

Junior Gina Hosn said that the new schedule has had a negative impact on her social life.

“Every kid in band put so much hard work and effort,” Hosn said. “While it does pay off, many, including myself, have overworked ourselves and spend way more hours doing homework and stressing.”

Along with the added challenges, the old band members are finding that marching band has become too much of a burden. Additionally they said that students may not be capable of keeping up with the scheduling demands.
Along with the schedule change there is also a director change. Longtime marching band director Diane Wyant is out, leaving The new band directors for this year include Dartmouth band director Samuel Neipp and  Jeff Pearson. The two have worked with Wyant previously.

The band’s hard work and dedication will be put to the test during their first competition on Oct. 14.

The show has a Western theme, and students will be performing at Cupertino High School.

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