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The BHS Color Guard team took first place in the field of eight schools. /Laura Austin Photo

Burroughs High School Color Guard dominates field tournament

Burroughs High School– The Burroughs High School (BHS) Band and Color Guard both earned distinction at their first field competition in three years, held Oct. 18 in Quartz Hill.

The Color Guard team, coached by Mrs. Melanie Arrieta, took first place in the field of eight schools. 

“I’ve told my Color Guard team consistently all year that they will win, that I believe in them, and that this will be the best year yet!” said Mrs. Arrieta. “I hope they believe me now. And more importantly, I hope they believe in themselves.”

The marching band team — which includes symphonic band and color guard — is still in the process of rebuilding after three years of disruptions, restrictions and cancelations related to the pandemic. 

The band won second place in their division. “I am so proud of how the band did,” said Brian Cosner, BHS band director. “They’ve put in an enormous amount of work over the last few months.”

Both band and color guard have early morning, afternoon, evening and weekend obligations to meet their rigorous practice and performance requirements. 

“Practice makes improvement, and sure enough, all of those hours of flag work, dancing, pushups, splits, crunches, and drill have paid off,” said Arrieta. “I am so proud of Jessie, Bethany, Amaya, Nicole, Rowan, and Jailynn. 

“That first place trophy will be even bigger at championships!”

“We got some good feedback from the judges, and I can’t wait for the Nov. 5 tournament at Bakersfield Centennial High School!” said Cosner.

He also extended his thanks to all the BHS Music Boosters parent volunteers who make traveling and competing possible.

Members of the Band and Color Guard are still raising enough money to perform at the Pearl Harbor Commemoration ceremony this December in Hawaii. If you would like to make a donation to make their trip possible, contact BHS Boosters President Cherish Rindt at .