Quartz Hill High wins Battle of the Bands

The Combined Parade and Field Tournament Grand Champion went to the Quartz Hill High School Band.

Students from Santa Paula High School prepare to take the field.

LANCASTER – They’d spent countless hours, countless rehearsals, and countless days and months practicing and perfecting their routines. And this past weekend, hundreds got to see the high school bands at their finest.

“These are our shining stars of the future,” said Bob Hacket, Director of Bands for Antelope Valley High School.

Following Saturday’s Christmas/Holiday Parade on Lancaster Blvd., AV High School played host to the 34th Annual Field Show and Tournament Invitational.

Rosamond High School Band performs.

“It’s a great activity for young adults,” said Hacket. “These high school students are in a very positive, productive and supportive environment doing some really cool things.”

Sixteen high school bands came from various areas of Southern California to compete in this year’s field show, including Fremont, Bell and Ventura.

“This is the farthest one we’ve traveled to go to,” said Paul Sims, of Grant High School in San Fernando Valley. “It keeps them off the streets and keeps them in a positive environment.”

Parents and supporters of the Highland High School Band show some school spirit.

“I have a very young band that I’m extremely proud of that works exceptionally hard, and we’re pleased to be here,” said Doug Kadanskay, Band Director of Santa Paula High School in Ventura.

Parents and supporters cheered loudly as band after band took center field to showcase their hard work. Color guards launched into perfected routines, while bands moved into formations, keeping time with the music.

“It’s really hard work,” said sophomore, Bianca Garcia, of AV High School’s Color Guard. “But it’s also really fun, going out there and performing and showing everybody what we can do.”

A panel of eight judges from the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association had the unenviable task of selecting the winners.

Several bands took home trophies Saturday.

This year’s Combined Parade and Field Tournament Grand Champion was Quartz Hill High School.

Several other schools won titles in different categories as well.

View the complete list of category titles and winners here.