The Scarlet Regiment performing the opener of their show “Dante’s Divine Comedy”. Coaches Jon Fuller (bottom left), Marie Watkins (middle bottom), and Kristine Fuller (bottom right). Photo Credit Michael Freking.

   On Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, the Scarlet Regiment Marching Band competed in the Monarch Marching Festival against many different marching bands from around Colorado.

The Scarlet Regiment performed their show “Dante’s Divine Comedy” which is about a man named Dante who dies and then goes through Hell, then Purgatory and then to Heaven. The show is seven minutes long, and the marching band works together to perform complex songs while the color guard dances and does flag work outside. The Monarch Marching Festival is located at the Centaurus High School which is in Lafayette, Colorado. The Scarlet Regiment got 5th place in the 4A section. 

   “I was nervous for my first performance with judges, but it ended up being really fun. I went out there, tried my best, and we didn’t lose! I had such a good time. The parent volunteers made a meal for us, and they brought water. It was also really fun to watch all the other bands perform,” says Sarah D., ’25, who is a freshman in color guard.

Clara H-D, ’22, is one of the drum majors in the Scarlet Regiment, and is happy with the band’s performance at Monarch. 

    “I think we did really well for our first show and I’m proud of the work we did to get here. We’ve put in a lot of hours and I think the show is going to be really cool because of it! There were a lot of other really good bands there, so it was very competitive, but we did well and I’m proud of where we are and excited to see where we’re going. It’s also a lot of fun to watch the shows of band kids from other schools and interact with them. We’re all very supportive of each other. I love being in marching band and I love listening to the show while conducting. You get a birds-eye view from the podium that you don’t get from the ground, and it’s nice to be able to see and hear the show and be a part of it. Mostly when I’m conducting I’m listening watching and concentrating in order to keep time, so I’m thinking more than feeling in the moment,” states Clara H-D, ’22.

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