Three Templeton High School students were part of a drum and bugle corps that won first place Tuesday in a national competition in Indiana.
The Vanguard Cadets, based in Santa Clara, took first place at the DCI Open Class World Championship Finals in Michigan City, Ind, with its production “The Art of War.”
“I’m just thrilled beyond belief,” said David Landers, the band director at Templeton High School, who traveled with the corps.
The Templeton students were Ryan McDonough, Guy Moore and Matthew Scott.
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Participants had to audition to be in the corps — featuring brass, percussion and color guard — and through the year they rehearsed on weekends before touring in the summer, staying in various towns as they competed.
“They sleep on gym floors in high schools,” Landers said.
The 10-minute “Art of War” performance portrayed a group of soldiers who set up camp after a big fight, then had to go to war again.
Because they won the open class competition, the Vanguard Cadets will compete in the more competitive world class division championship Thursday in Indianapolis.
Two more Templeton High School students, Wesley Andrews and Joe Emard, will compete in Indianapolis with the Mandarins, a world class group based in Sacramento.