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Warrior band excels at state competition


Last updated 12/8/2006 at Noon

The Fallbrook High School Marching Warriors competed at state championships on November 17 in Fresno. The band earned an impressive second place in music performance and ninth place on their total performance in the AA Division. (Divisions are assigned according to the number of members in each band.)

Such ratings at a state competition would be phenomenal for any band but especially for the Marching Warriors. When the fall semester started in September they had no director, less than 30 members and a bleak outlook. It is standard for the band to hold “summer camp” before school to begin the marching and musical training.

Fortunately, Mr. Phil Leonelli stepped in as voluntary-acting band director. Not only is Mr. Leonelli a highly trained musician, but he teaches music full-time. He delegated well and brought in graduated students to help with timing, marching and band major protocol. Practices were held every school day for three hours. Word began to spread about the band, and suddenly there were over 80 students in membership. Mr. Leonelli is considered a remarkable teacher who respects the band students. In turn, they respect him.

The students held many fundraisers in order to earn money to attend the state championships. In addition, assistance was offered by the Band Boosters and community members.

It was an unusual, exciting year for the Warrior Band, culminating in an unbelievable performance at championships. The band is currently switching gears to begin the orchestral season.

All are cordially invited to enjoy the band’s holiday concert on Thursday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Bob Burton Performing Arts Center at Fallbrook High School. Admission is free.


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