Behind the scenes: FUHSD Marching Band Exposition

On Saturday, Oct. 1, parents and alumni gathered at the Homestead Stadium for the Marching Band Exposition. Featuring performances from St. Francis, Mountain View, Cupertino, Fremont, Homestead, Lynbrook and Monta Vista High School, the exposition was the first performance of the season. 

While family and friends began filing onto the Homestead bleachers at 6:00 p.m., the day started much earlier for the FHS Marching Band. After practicing at Fremont from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., marching band students polished their shoes and loaded props and instruments into trailers, preparing to move to Homestead High School for the exposition. 

Fremont Marching Band students move equipment into trailers

Upon arrival at Homestead, students helped unload props from the trailers and moved into their designated warm-up areas. Mountain View, Homestead, Monta Vista, St. Francis and Cupertino were already practicing on the side fields. 

FHS Colorguard begins warm-up stretches

At 2:45 p.m., all marching bands began making their way to the Homestead Stadium to perform for the other schools, before their formal performance at 7:00 p.m. Sitting in the front bleachers, each marching band cheered loudly for their peers, showing lots of camaraderie and support. Typically, marching bands are unable to see the other schools perform, so the early afternoon performance was a rare opportunity for each marching band to see the others’ performances.

St. Francis High School’s Marching Band performs their show “Angels and Demons”
Mountain View High School’s Marching Band performs their show “Home”
Cupertino High School’s Marching Band performs their show “Momentous”
Fremont High School’s Marching Band performs their show “Nightmare”
Homestead High School’s Marching Band performs their show “There’s No Place Like Home”
Lynbrook High School’s Marching Band performs their show “The Summit”

Fremont’s Marching Band performed their show “Nightmare”, a play on classic holiday tropes based on the movie “The Nightmare before Christmas,” featuring songs such as “This is Halloween” and “Sally’s Song.” 

“Everyone is putting their work in and doing their part,” FHS senior and clarinet section leader, Noah Cruz Hernandez said. “From the first time that we performed to the last time we performed, we’ve done a lot of work to get where we are and I’m so proud of us.”

Fremont’s performance consisted of a duet and solo from Maci Maxwell on the flute, and solo performances from Rachael Zhao with the sabre and Ainsley DeSouza with the flag. Led by drum majors Daniel Sabo and DeSouza, the FHS Marching Band was able to perform their first two movements and half of their third movement. 

“Knowing that we have most of our show done and just get to perfect it, I think that can make us feel more proud of what we accomplished,” Hernandez said.

At 5:00 p.m., the FHS Marching Band ate dinner (taco bowls and Safeway cookies) and socialized, before changing into their uniforms and prepping for their formal performance.

At 7:00 p.m., family and friends cheered from the bleachers as the first marching band performance from St. Francis began, followed by Mountain View, Cupertino, Fremont, Homestead, Lynbrook and Monta Vista. 

After their performance, Fremont’s Marching Band reloaded the trailers with their equipment and debriefed before heading back to Fremont’s campus. At 9:45 p.m., the FHS Marching Band returned to Fremont; students began to unload props and instruments, remove their makeup and change out of their uniforms. 

Marching band students help unload equipment from trailers
Marching band students return uniforms to the band room

“Since it’s the first show, there’s always room for improvement,” Colorguard member and FHS sophomore, Paris Huynh said, reflecting on the day. “But I’m pretty proud of everyone, including myself, and [am] just waiting for more.” 

Finally, at 10:30 p.m., Fremont’s Marching Band was dismissed. 

Outside the band room after the marching band was dismissed

“It makes me so excited because we’re already so great,” Huynh said. “It’s so early and I’m like, wow, we can only get greater.”