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G-P season opener's halftime to feature 'Dream' performance
by Shane Ersland
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Pictured from left to right, Justine Flores, Joshua Spayd, and R.J. Pena are section leaders in Gregory-Portland's marching band.
Pictured from left to right, Justine Flores, Joshua Spayd, and R.J. Pena are section leaders in Gregory-Portland's marching band.
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Much like the school’s football players, members of Gregory-Portland’s marching band have been preparing relentlessly for Friday night’s home opener against El Campo.

The band began practicing up to seven hours per day at the end of July, and its section leaders have been working to ensure everything goes smoothly for the game’s halftime show.

Senior Joshua Spayd is serving as the band’s alto saxophone section leader for the third year.

“As a section leader, the role is to make sure everyone is holding their instruments right, has good posture and is learning how to march,” Spayd said. “We’re telling people where to go and making sure they’re not talking. Everyone has a certain spot to get to.”

Senior Justine Flores is the band’s first-year color guard captain. She is in charge of directing flag movements for 16 girls.

“I make sure all the girls line their flags up and know what they’re doing,” Flores said. “All the flag girls move together.”

Senior R.J. Pena is the band’s first-year drum line section leader. He will make sure the section’s 10 members stay in cadence.

“I think they’re doing pretty good,” Pena said.

There will be a drum feature in the second movement of the band’s ‘Dreams’ performance, which will be performed during all halftime shows, and three marching contests during the fall semester. It has four movements, including REM, Nightmare, Dreams and Awakening.

Flores will be featured in a solo during the performance’s third movement.

The band’s section leaders are chosen based on their performance, although freshmen are not allowed to be section leaders, Spayd said.

“We have auditions, you play music, and they give you a rating,” he said. “If you’re first chair, and you’re not a freshman, you’re a section leader.”

Flores said members of her section perform in front of judges in order to be nominated as a section leader.

Many band members are involved with numerous musical platforms. Flores plays bass clarinet during the school’s concert season, and Spayd plays in the Corpus Christi Municipal Band.
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