Photo by Michelle Phillips.
The Oregon City Marching Band and Oregon City Cheer traveled to the Oregon Coast on September 23-25 for their annual trip. Each year, the band, flag team and cheerleaders stay a couple of days at the coast to perfect the new songs and to regroup after the summer break.
The band and flag team went Friday and the cheer team joined them Saturday afternoon. The band trip is a two-day trip involving complex practices. The band put in about seven hours a day total playing and marching. When the band wasn’t practicing they did bonding activities, played games and had a bonfire on the beach.
The band regularly has practice Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cheerleaders at OCHS are busy almost every night of the week practicing or performing for football.
The OCHS Marching Band is now preparing for homecoming parade. They are working on memorizing the music, as well as practicing the parade marching routine with the flag team and the cheerleaders.
The band doesn’t go unrecognized by the rest of the school. Sophomore cheerleader, Roxann Barber said, “I love going with the band. They're always fun and in good spirit and we all appreciate them. They're hilarious and each and every one of them is extremely talented.”
The band is a group of kids who have a lot of energy and build close relationships. Sophomore trumpet player, Daniel Sytsma said his favorite part about the retreat was, “learning new songs and getting to know my friends better, because I feel like I have a stronger bond with some of my band mates.”
The Band Director, Dana Henson, has been around music his whole life. Since OCHS band is so involved, he is proud to be the band director. “As a student in a small school 18 years ago, the band was very much isolated from the rest of the school,” said Henson. He feels that this isn’t the case at OCHS and that the band members are involved outside of band.