By JENIBELLE HSU
The Royal Wilson Marching Alliance (RWMA) hosted its 29th Annual Golden State Field Classic (GSFC) on Saturday, Oct. 28.
RWMA invited 20 schools from all marching band and color guard divisions to the full-day tournament. Judges critiqued competitors in various categories, such as musical performance, visual effect and percussion.
As the host, the Alliance did not receive any awards for its performance, but marching band placed second in its division, and color guard scored second overall.
According to band director Matthew Gilbert, marching band earned a satisfactory score but has room to improve.
“The combination of nerves and exhaustion held us back from having our best performance,” Gilbert said. “When you get that performance anxiety, you [begin to] think that everyone’s eyes are on you. [However], [you must] focus on what you need to do to [give] your best performance.”
In preparation, RWMA held numerous meetings with parent and student volunteers to coordinate tournament schedules and layout. On the competition day, the Alliance arrived early to set up concession stands and signs.
Color guard captain senior Rebecca Becerra says that teamwork and consistent practices contributed to color guard’s success.
“With the new band director, the returning members are working a lot harder to try to keep the program as what it was last year. [In retrospect], it feels good that our hard work has paid off,” Becerra said.
Drum major senior Jason Chan says that RWMA should have prepared earlier for the event to improve their performance.
“From this experience, we [learned] that we cannot rush on the day of [the competition], because we will be preoccupied, and not get as much practice as we can.” Chan said.
RWMA will attend the Los Altos Field Tournament at Los Altos HS on Saturday, Nov. 4.