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School board honors GHS, RHS bands, color guards

Aryn Brown, drum captain for the Roswell High School Big Red Band, talks about the fun she had in the band’s five competitions this year at Tuesday’s meeting of the Roswell Independent School District Board of Education. She and band members, from left, Drum Major Jordan Island, Librarian Issak Aguilar and Clarinet Section Leader Jose Rodriguez displayed the band’s trophies. (Juno Ogle Photo)

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Early mornings and late nights of practices paid off for the Goddard and Roswell high school marching bands this year and each was recognized for their accomplishments at Tuesday’s meeting of the Roswell Independent School District Board of Education.

“One of the coolest things about band competition is that Roswell High and Goddard are not actually in the same class in anything we perform in, so I kept telling the kids, the ideal world is we both get first place at everything and we can fight over the small details later on,” Kevin Everitt, GHS band instructor, told board members.

He and RHS band instructor Daniel Gomez each brought several students with them to Tuesday’s meeting to represent the bands and color guards.

The GHS band earned best band in class 3A-4A at the Green and Silver Classic Marching Festival in Portales. The band and color guard both received superior ratings at the Southeast New Mexico Music Educators Association District Marching Performance Assessment. The color guard won outstanding color guard in class 2A at the Pageant of the Bands in Rio Rancho.

The band, with the GHS dance team, won the spirit award for the Eastern New Mexico State Fair parade.

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They also attended the Tumbleweed Classic Marching Band Competition in Denver City, Texas, and the Zia Marching Fiesta in Albuquerque.

The RHS band placed seventh overall at the Tumbleweed Classic, received a superior rating the regional NMMEA District Marching Festival and was third at the Pageant of the Bands. They also attended the Green and Silver Marching Festival and the Zia Marching Festival.

RHS also took first in the high school bands division at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair parade.

While the awards and events were exciting for the students and the teachers, they said being able to practice and perform together was the year’s biggest benefit.

“The trophies, of course, are nice and the events are nice, but the biggest thing that I’ve enjoyed this season is simply being back with the students and seeing them come back and be able to do these things together,” Everitt said.

“It was just amazing to just be with all my friends and be with Mr. Everitt again and having our family back together,” GHS Drum Major Citlalli Palma said.

Everitt and Gomez told board members about the amount of time the students practiced.

“These kids put in an absolutely phenomenal number of hours. If you drive by the Goddard High School parking lot pretty much any time from July until last week, you probably saw us out there. They’ve put in a tremendous amount of work and I could not be more honored and more pleased than to work with these students and be a part of their experience and their journey,” Everitt said.

“These kids have worked hard,” Gomez said. “Getting up at 6, being ready to go at 7 in the morning, Tuesday night rehearsals, coming back at midnight from competition and on the field at 7 the next morning.”

He also gave credit to the band’s boosters and the RISD administration.

“Going from having nothing last year and going to five competitions was just a feat in itself, scheduling buses and food for the kids. They put in some hard work and they did amazing. We’ve had some tremendous support not only from the district but from our administration at the district as well,” he said.

“That truly makes a difference. Without their support we wouldn’t be able to do this,” he said.

“I had a lot of fun this year even though there were a few rough times. You gotta know the rough times from the good times, right?” Daniel Gallagher, GHS senior clarinet player, said.

Areanna Joseph was a section leader for the GHS color guard.

“All I have to say is I’m really proud of them,” she said. “I’ve seen them build up to where they were to now, so it’s like I’m a happy mom.”

RHS Drum Major Jordan Island said it meant a lot to him for the board to recognize the band.

“The experiences and the accomplishments that we’ve made is just outstanding. This year will definitely be one I cherish and hold dear to my heart,” he said.

“I had a lot of fun this year. We had five competitions this year, which was crazy, but I had a lot of fun,” RHS Drum Captain Aryn Brown said.

RHS Clarinet Section Leader Jose Rodriguez, a junior, said in his freshman year the band was able to go to only one competition due to the pandemic.

“The five competitions were really fun,” he said. “I’m really hoping for a better year next year.”

RHS Band Librarian Issak Aguilar praised Gomez for his lessons.

“I’d just like to give Dr. Gomez credit because he taught a lot of us a lot of what we know even from middle school, and I’m just glad he’s here with us at the high school,” he said.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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