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It was a successful season for Dinuba, Reedley high school marching bands

Both schools capture special awards at Selma Band Review in October, enjoy other accolades during in active fall campaign

Photo by Jon Earnest
The Reedley High School Marching Band performs its popular choreography routines at the annual Reedley Fiesta parade on Oct. 8 in downtown Reedley. The “Big Green Marching Machine” captured a first place award at the Dinuba Raisin Day Parade and also took first in the division parade and second place in the division field at the Selma Band Review.

Dinuba – The Dinuba High School and Reedley High School marching bands and color guards lived up to their lofty reputations, capturing a number of awards while performing at a variety of competitions during the fall season.
John Domingcil, director for the Dinuba High band, said the musical groups enjoyed what he called an “amazing” marching season. The band captured a total of 17 awards while competing in the Visalia, Selma and Orange Cove band reviews. At the same time, the auxiliary unit (including ID and flag teams) placed first at all band reviews and the drumline placed first at Orange Cove.
The Emperor band and colorguard captured the parade sweepstakes review in Visalia on Oct. 15, and two weeks later were awarded high caption visual award and the Grand Marshal’s Trophy (selected this year by Robert and Mary Allen) following competition at the prestigious Selma Band Review.
It also was a winning season for Jackie Hernandez, senior drum major, who won first place at the Selma review. She said the team’s success left her feeling overjoyed.
“Our band hadn’t been able to compete since my freshman year (in 2019), and it made all the time and effort over the years that went into our show worthwhile,” she said. “It means more than most people realize, hearing the crowd when you compete and then hearing our name called for the Grand Marshal award was a moment of pride and joy.”
Domingcil said the band’s field show theme for 2022 was “Hope. Dream. Believe. A Tribute to Selena.” He called the show energetic entertaining and fun.
“The students loved performing and the crowd had a great time, too,” he said. “We just love to have fun, represent Dinuba and entertain the crowd.”
Speaking for the band and colorguard, Domingcil thanked parents along with Principal Andrew Popp and Dinuba Unified School District Superintendent Joe Hernandez and all district workers for their support. “Without all of you, this could not happen,” he said.
The Reedley High School Marching Band, under the direction of Daniel Paulsen, also enjoyed an award-winning fall season. The “Big Green Marching Machine” were awarded first place at the Dinuba Raisin Day Parade in late September, and then took home second place in the large Fresno Fair Band Review in early October.
At the Selma Band Review, Reedley High claimed first place in its division parade competition and captured second place in division field. Daisy Lopez, drum major, was awarded third place in the drum major-military category in Selma. Lopez, Vanessa Funes and Lucas Tovar are this year’s drum majors.
Although it doesn’t officially compete at the Reedley Fiesta, the Pirates’ marching band always is a crowd favorite with its music and choreography. This year, the band had just one opportunity to perform at Reedley High for football, as all home games this year except for one were played at Orange Cove High School.
Sanger High School’s marching band was another region band performing at the Selma Band Review, and it won its division in the field show competition taking place in the afternoon-evening. Orosi High school claimed divisional awards at Selma for both parade and field show, while Washington Intermediate School of Dinuba captured the top junior high band in scoring for parade at Selma.


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