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Winning season for Ponderosa Band

By From page B10 | December 09, 2013

ponderosa bandThe Ponderosa High School Marching Band under the leadership of the director of bands Mike Gunderson was undefeated in its division this year.

Most recently, the talented group of marching musicians captured first place in the Fall Band Championships in Stockton on Nov. 16. Not only did the marching band bring home the top trophy for its season production of “Angels & Demons” but the color guard under the direction of Stephanie Gunderson and the drum line, under the direction of Glenn Sabado of Sabado School of Music also came in first in the division. Drum major Ryan Lee came in fourth overall and the color guard came in fifth overall in the championships.

Folsom Fall Festival saw the Bruins Band win first in its Division 3A.

Congratulations to the Bruins color guard for first place in its division and to drum major Lee for winning second place in the division.

The talented marching band also brought home top honors at the Del Oro Field Show Competition for its division.

The Bruin Band performs as community service throughout the year, appearing at the Show-n-Shine at the Cameron Airpark, the Bruin Bash at Burke Junction in Cameron Park, the Hangtown Christmas Parade and, of course, at all the Ponderosa High School home football games. For the Christmas Parade, the high energy band members adorned their instruments with garland and other fun holiday decorations and they brought unwrapped toys for needy children.

The band also hosted a middle school band performance between Camerado Springs and Pleasant Valley middle schools and also participated in California State University, Sacramento’s band day.

Band parents perform their own tireless work during the fall marching band season by feeding the students, designing and sewing costumes, working in the “pit crew” and transporting the instruments, uniforms, trailers, etc.

Kay Wells served as president of the Bruin Band Boosters this year. If you would like to help support the band as a corporate sponsor e-mail [email protected]

Double duty

One Ponderosa High School marcher stood out during the football game of the season. His name is Lars Moeller and along with playing right and left offensive tackle, he is a clarinetist with the Bruins marching band.

The 17-year-old senior has competed with the marching band all four years while playing offense on the field with the varsity football team for the past two years.

At 6 feet 4 inches and 225 pounds, Moeller is a key player on the Bruins football team but he says he never considered giving up playing in the marching band.

“The friendships I have made in band are important to me and performing in competitions is just too much fun,” Moeller said.

On top of balancing sports and music, Moeller also is keeping up with academics and has 4.5 grade point average currently.

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