For the first time ever, all six Hart District's high schools had bands that qualified for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association championships. The finals were held at Warren High School in Downey on December 5.
For the eighth year in a row, Hart High School's award-winning marching band and color guard took home the state champion title and two other district schools earned medals in their divisions.
West Ranch High School placed second in the Division 5A marching band competition, and the Saugus High School Marching Band won third place in Division 2A. Both the Hart High band and color guard earned first place in their competitions on the way to the overall championship.
Hart Regiment's performance of "Alpine" received a score of 93.4 out of 100 points in the competition among Division 4A bands - its highest score this season and one of the highest scores in the band's history. The score also was the highest of any bands in any division at the championship tournament.
"This has been an amazing competition season and I'm so proud of each and every one of our students," said band director Anthony Bailey.
Each year, SCSBOA adjudicates over 60 competitive field tournaments and over 40 competitive band reviews throughout southern California. Each December, the SCSBOA Field Championships feature performances by the 12 highest-scoring marching bands (in 6 divisions) from throughout the fall season.