Angellena Nguyen leads front ensemble through rain

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Oak Grove's first marching show was a rainy success.

Oak Grove's first marching show was a rainy success.

Oak Grove's first marching show was a rainy success.

Hannah Nguyen, Reporter

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On Friday October 14, 2016, the Oak Grove High School marching band performed their marching show “Playground”. The marching band performed at the Oak Grove versus Lincoln football game at Oak Grove High School. The weather created trouble for the band, but it created the most trouble for the band’s front ensemble. As section leader, Angellena Nguyen leads the Oak Grove front ensemble through thick and thin, rain and sunshine every day. But on that Friday, Angellena led the front ensemble through the pouring rain.

The band knew beforehand about the rainy weather. They still had to play even if it started raining before the show. If the rain wasn’t bad enough to get you sick, the band still played. This was a big problem for the front ensemble. They would have to rush back to the band room to disassemble everything to dry out and make sure none of their electronics were wet. Angellena would have to make sure that all the instruments are fine and none of the equipment had broken down.

Angellena told us, “With football games, we would finish around 9:30 pm or later, depending on how long the football game went. With shows we are usually back around midnight or 1:00 am, but being in the front ensemble, we would have to stay longer to unload everything so we would go home the latest at 2:00 am. If it rained, it would probably take about 20-30 minutes longer because we would have to unload and wipe everything down, as well as drying towels, blankets, mallets, etc. It was a very hectic process but the quicker we were finished, the sooner we would be able to go home once everything was unloaded and taken care of.”

Angellena has been section leader for two seasons and has played with Oak Grove for the past eight seasons. She graduated from high school in 2017. All those years, Angellena represented the front ensemble with pride. After she graduated, Angellena returned the following year as a technician for the front ensemble. She currently attends San Jose State University.

Oak Grove High School’s 2017 Marching Band show is titled, “Icarus”. It is about the greek myth, Icarus that tries to escape the maze that he is trapped in. Icarus gains wings in the story but loses it again.

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3 Responses to “Angellena Nguyen leads front ensemble through rain”

  1. Matthew House on February 8th, 2018 7:25 am

    This news page is really good. I like that people are bringing up story’s that should be remembered

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  2. Ashley Nakagawa on February 12th, 2018 8:20 am

    Great article! It was very engaging.

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  3. Eli Stahl on February 12th, 2018 8:30 am

    You included the process that the band goes through to dry out their instruments, and I think that gives a little insight into how difficult being a marching band member can be, not to mention the comments about staying up past three in the morning. Good Job!

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