Band’s Winterline

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Photo By: James Schaap

Practicing for the "Sights of Conejo Valley" concert, Devin Cooper, senior, plays the marimba.

Winterline is a division in the school’s marching band that competes after the normal marching band season. Rather than the traditional configuration, winterline is made up largely of percussion instruments as well as guitar and bass.

“I love winter line,” said Courtney Norris, senior. “I’ve been involved in marching band for three of my four years in high school, but this is my first year doing Winterline. It’s by far my favorite band that I’ve ever been in at school, and I’m seriously regretting not joining this wonderful Winterline family every other year.”

According to Norris, like so many student experiences in music, Winterline has provided her with the background to practice and an incentive to work hard to achieve a goal. “Because of my enormous love of music I always have a blast at practice, whether we’re practicing our latest show or just jamming out our favorite songs. Winterline is definitely the high school experience I will never forget.” Norris added that her best friends also come from winter line.

The Winterline has been practicing since Fall for their first show in February. This year’s team consists of 25 members; much smaller than the marching band, which was just trailing triple digits. Though smaller in number, age diversity is abundant in Winterline, consisting of students from the eighth grade all the way up to the senior class.

“Being able to play a different instrument is probably one of my favorite parts of being in winter line,” said Devin Cooper, senior, who plays the marimbas.

Cam High’s Winterline will be contending in the regional WGI, or Winter Guard International, in several individual competitions. Practice for the school’s musicians takes place from December through April in preparation to compete against 20-30 other schools. The 4-8 minute show will be judged on a point system, which considers everything from technique, visual effect, and general effect to music and marching. In order to take home the gold, the group will practice after school up to five hours a week. This year’s routine is expected to last about 4 minutes.

“We’re like family because it’s a smaller set of students vs. marching band, so there ends up being a lot of bonding time in such a closely knit group,” said Cooper.