On October 20th the streets of Santa Cruz will once again ring with sound of brass, woodwinds and percussion as the 37th annual Band Review proceeds.
Ten-thousand uniformed musicians, representing 55 bands – 10 junior high/45 high school – from all over Northern California (from towns as far flung as Redding and Fresno) will converge at Santa Cruz High on a Saturday morning and march in formation. Reedley, a Central Valley town about half the size of Santa Cruz, fields the largest band with 400 members.
With festivities starting at 9:00 a.m. at Santa Cruz High, the route heads through the downtown area and ends at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The best spot for viewing the bands will be in parking lot of Scott’s Auto Body in the 100 block of Center Street, across from the judging platform. Santa Cruz High is slated to come through this competitive zone at 9:30 a.m. Other viewing options include the area around the bike park/taco bar near the entrance to the wharf, where participating drum lines will perform. Bands will also play a “free choice” number on Beach Street as they approach the Cocoanut Grove.
Refreshments and programs will be sold at Scott’s Auto Body to raise funds for the band program. Funds raised go to instruments, repairs, uniforms and transportation.
Christy Latham, music director at Santa Cruz High School, looks forward to this event every year. “Band Review is one of my favorite days. It’s inspiring to see our streets filled with all these young musicians enjoying the art of music,” said Latham.
The well-traveled Santa Cruz High band is one of the most decorated bands in Northern California. They are so well regarded they receive more invitations to play than they are able to accept. One they won’t miss is coming up next spring: they are one of just 20 high school bands in the country invited to play in the Hawaiian Invitational Music Festival in Waikiki.