Students replace band with outside group
October 2, 2015
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With the absence of a marching band at Reno High School, many students have looked to alternative organizations for their lost sport. Envision Performing Arts is one of these few options in Reno. Envision offers separate colorguard, percussion, and winds groups for those who long for an opportunity to continue in their marching career.
“I joined to go to Dayton, Ohio and perform with the best drumlines in the world,” senior Gabe Giannini said. “It’s all for the experience.”
While the fees for Envision can be intimidating to any high school student, fundraising options are always available. Most recently, members volunteered at the Balloon Races to pick up trash and generally help with clean up.
“[There are] sponsorship letters, coupon book sales, eNVision calendar sales, amazon gift wrapping, business sponsors, and finally scholarships from working within the ensemble,” senior Aramis Anastassatos said.
Envision practices almost daily and pushes its members to work hard for their final victory at WGI Sport of the Arts in Ohio.
“It’s all about physical and mental endurance,” Giannini said. “[We practice] an hour to two per day on a good day.”
Despite the demanding job ahead of them, most participants in the group are confident in their ability to achieve success.
“If everyone puts in hard work while we’re there, then there’s a good chance we will [place within the top three],” Giannini said.