"Marching Band Festival is a wonderful exhibition of local bands, and I'd highly recommend for community members to check it out in the coming years!" shares BHHS senior and Drum Major Dalia Schwarzbaum. For the first time, Bloomfield Hills High School had the honor and privilege of hosting Festival, an event at which 11 bands are rated against a standard created by Michigan School Band and Orchestra Directors Association (MSBOA). Band director Alan Posner explains, "we've always attended Festival, and we have a great, brand new facility to help host this year. We're hoping it'll be a great experience, not only for us, but for the other bands coming."
Junior Kushal Sanjeev, a member of the BHHS Marching Band for three years and alto saxophone player, shares, "this year was very different compared to the past years. For the past two years, we have gone to Royal Oak High School, and we were not experienced on the different feel of the turf. This year, we had the ability to position ourselves in comparison to markers on our field unlike before at Royal Oak." Junior Leen Rass, a clarinet player, adds, "since we were the ones hosting, there was a stronger sense of needing to carry ourselves as best as we could in order to be good hosts. My favorite thing about having hosted Festival was getting to watch the other schools perform on our field and to see how different everyone's performances are."
BHHS senior and Drum Major Robby Riesgo reflects, "I think the best part about being Drum Major was connecting with the new band members. I met a lot of new people from the large incoming class of 2022. The greatest feeling was to see the band start from knowing nothing about the marching show and then performing at Festival to receive all 1s, the highest score a band can get!" Charles Dickson, BHHS senior and Drum Major adds, "Marching band is a truly unique experience that cannot be simulated by any other athletic or academic extracurricular. I implore any prospective student to give it a shot - it was one of the best decisions I made as an incoming freshman and it changed my high school life dramatically for the better!"