Claudia Estevez – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- On Saturday, Nov. 18, the LRHS color guard team finished the season at the Florida Marching Band Competition (FBMC). Sadly, the team did not get to go to finals, but their spirits are still up. Color guard captain and LRHS senior Cristina Rosabal explained their optimism.

Mustangs Ahead (MA) – What was it like once you got to the competition?

Cristina Rosabal (CR) – It was a lot of fun. Just walking in there felt really good. It was a little stressful but nothing we couldn’t handle.

MA: How was the team feeling during the performance?

CR: In one word, I would say intense. We demand so much physical strength from our performers that you can’t give anything less than a 100% during competition.

MA: What are some things you could have done better?

CR: I feel like we just need to talk a little less during reps and reset faster.

MA: What are some things you think you did well?

CR: Honestly, everything. I wouldn’t trade this year for anything. This was by far the best year this color guard has ever seen.

MA: What are some things you will do next year to improve?

CR: I am actually a senior but I think that next year they will get hit with harder choreography and higher expectations. In the meantime, I think they should workout, eat healthy, and practice at home.

MA: What will you do for the rest of the year?

CR: We’re actually figuring out the logistics to having a winter guard from January to April and also an indoor percussion group that needs a visual ensemble so some of our girls might do that.

MA: What are your plans for winter guard?

CR: We are still figuring everything out but we are planning to compete.

MA: Can people that didn’t join color guard join winter guard?

CR: It would be very unlikely just because we’re at a level where we want to build up instead of starting again.

MA: Is there anything else you would like Mustangs to know?

CR: If you ever get to watch any section of band in general, prop them because we’re pretty good at what we do.

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