The Marching Knights receive straight superiors

RHS Marching Band and Starlets finish off the season with flying colors.


Photo Courtesy of Celeste Lara

(Left to right) Celeste Lara (’23), Jake Abell (’24), Grace Barrett (’23) and Caroline Brindise (’23) sit in the stands at Bloomingdale during MPA as they await their performances. For the juniors, it was their second time performing at MPA. “I was extremely nervous because I really wanted us to do well, but it was 50 degrees when we’re supposed to perform, which is really detrimental to our instruments, so I was really scared if our show would be ruined,” Lara said.

Cecilia Cheng and Jadyn Grayes

The marching band competition season is finally coming to an end this year, as they come home adorned with many superiors and awards.

Although they lost a year due to COVID-19, band has for sure been on a roll this year, receiving straight superiors for their Music Performance Assessment (MPA) this year at Bloomingdale High School. Superior, the highest rating given in marching band, was awarded to RHS music 1, music 2, visual, percussion, general effect and color guard.

“This year we had to get two sets of new members to learn how to do competitive marching band,” band director Christopher Revett said. “I thought the band did a great job. We have a really good leadership team led by Aidan Bai (’22), who is our band captain.”

The Marching Knights and color guard both started off the season on Oct. 2 at Seminole High School and came home with 1st place in Class 3A, while also getting, best brass, auxiliary and even percussion. On top of that, marching band placed second at Wiregrass Ranch HS on Oct. 16 and Newsome HS on Oct. 30.

“This season was a lot of hard work, a lot of practicing, a lot of hot days in the parking lot and in the band room,” drum major Noah Figley (’23) said. “I think all of this paid off at the end.”

Figley isn’t the only one who feels this way. Madeline Curts (’24), drumline member, also saw the value of their hard work.

“I think that what made the moment so meaningful was that everyone there had gone through the whole season together and we all understood how much work it really took,” Curts exclaimed.

Coming off a tough year, band made a huge comeback, much to the delight of Bai.

“We definitely did really well this year, winning more awards than ever before and I feel like as a group, we were very effective,” Bai said. “Band has been a cornerstone of my life and I can’t imagine what I’d be like without it.”