By Hadia Chaudhry and Sora Park
Junior Noah Goldman has earned a place on the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) All City Honor Marching Band which will be performing during the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.
In September, hundreds of students from over 60 LAUSD schools flocked to El Sereno Middle School in Pasadena to audition for a place in the distinguished band. Per instrument, there is a set number of spots open for which students to audition. Noah Goldman plays the snare drum, for which there were 20 open spots. There were a total of 360 open positions on the band.
The All City Honors Marching band is similar to an all star team in sports. Only the best of the best are chosen to play during events. They practice extensively to prepare for big events. Band practice is held at Dodger Stadium in order to prepare for the main event they take part in, the Rose Parade. The Rose Parade is held on January 1 every year. Other events include the Disneyland Magic Music Days and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Kingdom Day Parade.
Noah Goldman is the only student from our campus who received a position in the band.
Goldman has been playing the drums for four years. His first introduction to drumline was through his brother, who played the drums for the band at Nobel Charter Middle School. After seeing his brother play, Goldman picked up the instrument when he was 13 years old and he too joined drumline at Nobel. His love for drumming carried over into high school, where he is a part of the marching band.
Goldman balances practice for the school band and the all star band. Practices at school run from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. For the All Star band, there were all day practices during the month of October and there will be all-day practices during the weeks of winter break.
After the Rose Parade, the next major competition that Goldman will be taking part in is with the school band on February 2018.