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‘Tis the Season: Orange Crush band participates in parades

The Orange Crush Band prepares for their one and only holiday parade. From Left to Right: Danner Poe (12), Cierra Bettencourt (12), and Matthew Weltmer (11). Mr. Johnson, band teacher is very much looking forward to their performance. “The night of the concert is the absolute best.”

‘Tis the season for SHS Orange Crush to perform in the upcoming holiday parades. As for fun and traditional Christmas activities, parades are a good way to spend the holiday season.

Orange Crush band will only be attending one parade this Christmas season on Friday, Dec. 8, at 6:00 pm, in downtown Tuolumne.

Mr. Johnson has informed Beyond The Cave that they are only doing one parade this year due to Twain Harte canceling their annual parade. Twain Harte has been one of the many county parades in former years. Although unfortunately, they do not have much help to run the parade—citing safety concerns for canceling the 2023 Christmas Parade.

The process of being in the parade is really simple with the only thing the band has to do is apply for the parade and let them know that Orange Crush will be attending.

Mr. Johnson shares his thoughts on how flex is helping him prepare the band for the parades.

“One thing I’m really liking about the Flex is that I can pull in certain groups of instruments,
rather than trying to have kids come in at lunch or after school. And it’s just hard for everybody’s schedule to line up with the flex period.”

When getting ready for the parade, the Orange Crush band does not need to practice much. This is because throughout the year, they have been practicing by doing previous parades.

Because of Flex, Mr. Johnson is able to work with certain musical instruments, to help them focus specifically on what they’re playing.

Depending on the season, the band focuses mostly on what they need to learn and practice for whether it’s football season, concert band season, christmas season, basketball season, or spring concert season.

After hard work of practice and teaching, there is always a reward to end it.

“The work process is from a lot of little details and ‘nit’ picking on little fine details, but the concert is when everything comes together and that is the absolute best that they are going to play the music. So for me, that is the award,” Mr. Johnson notes.

Although Orange Crush won’t be participating in more than one parade this year, it will still make memories for the holiday season.

Orange Crush hopes to see all of you there and cheering them on.

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