Saugu’s High Marching Band places seventh at the Southern California Championships

Recently, the Saugus High Centurion Marching Band received recognition for their musical ability at a national championship held at Valencia High in Placentia.

On Saturday, November 11, the Saugus High Marching Centurions competed in the Southern California Schools Band and Orchestra Association Championships and placed seventh in Division 4-A according to Tim Haddock, promotional director of the Saugus High Marching Centurions.

In addition to their seventh place finish in the championship, the Saugus High Band also placed first in the Auxiliary, General Effects, Visual Performance, Music, and Visual Arts at the 36th Keepin the Music Alive Field Tournament at Oxnard High School Band Sweepstakes.

In addition to Saugus High, there were several schools representing the Santa Clarita Valley in the competition, including Hart, West Ranch, Castaic, and Golden Valley.

While the 2020 Southern California Ribbon Championships were canceled due to the pandemic, teams are making a comeback this year.

This year was Hart High’s 15th ribbon championship in Southern California and they took home a Division 4-A win. Hart also received recognition at the High Music and High Auxiliary Awards in Division 4-A.

At other Southern California ribbon championships, Castaic was first in Division 1-A at Downey High School, marking the first Southern California ribbon championship victory in school history for Castaic.

Valencia placed first in Division 2-A at Riverside Martin Luther King High School, Golden Valley placed fourth in Division 2-A, and West Ranch placed fifth in Division 5-A at Martin Luther King High School at Riverside.

These competitions cap this year’s marching band competition season. “It’s a great ending,” said Bob Grigas, director of the Saugus High Band, after the Oxnard tournament.

For their performance, the Saugus High Marching Centurions were invited to participate in the Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC, scheduled for May.

Saugus High is hosting a donut decorating fundraiser on Saturday, November 26 at 12:00 p.m. at the California Bakery and Cafe, 23021 Soledad Canyon Road

To follow the Saugus Band’s journey to Washington, DC, click here.

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