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Saugus High Marching Band Takes Seventh Place In Southern California Championships

Recently, the Saugus High Centurion Marching Band earned recognition for their musical ability at a state-level championship hosted at Valencia High in Placentia.

On Saturday, Nov 11., Saugus High Marching Centurions competed in the Southern California Schools Band and Orchestra Association Championships, taking home seventh place in Division 4-A, according to Tim Haddock, the director of publicity of Saugus High Marching Centurions.

In addition to their seventh-place win at the championship, the Saugus High band also earned first place in auxiliary, general effects, visual performance, music and band sweepstakes at the 36th “Keepin the Music Alive” Field Tournament at Oxnard High School.

Along with Saugus High, there were multiple schools representing Santa Clarita Valley at the competition, including Hart, West Ranch, Castaic, and Golden Valley.

While the Southern California band championships were canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic, teams this year are making a comeback.

This year was Hart High’s 15th Southern California band championship, and they took home a win in Division 4-A. Hart also earned recognition in the high music and high auxiliary awards in Division 4-A.

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

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

These contests cap the competition season this year for the marching band. “It’s a great way to finish,” Saugus High Band Director Bob Grigas said after the Oxnard tournament.

For their performance, The Saugus High Marching Centurions have been invited to participate in the Memorial Day parade in Washington, D.C., which is scheduled to take place in May.

Saugus High is set to have a donut decorating fundraiser at the California Bakery and Cafe, 23021 Soledad Canyon Road, at noon on Saturday, November 26. Funds raised will be used for the Saugus band and color guard’s trip to Washington, D.C.

To follow the Saugus band’s journey to Washington, D.C., click here.


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Saugus High Marching Band Takes Seventh Place In Southern California Championships

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