Roosevelt music programs on the rise
The high school band has shown the school and community the musical talent that is in the school. From Homecoming to the Spring Concert, the high school band has displayed the hard work they have done in school as well as on their own time.
Led by Mr. Palma, the band students can feel and enjoy the music rather than just receive a grade on it.
"Playing music is much more than just a class, but more of a passion because I love the music and enjoy playing," said Angelique June, saxophone player.
"When I originally started it was just a class," Jacqueline Lopez said. "Eventually as I grew older playing the instrument, band became a passion that at the end is my escape to all my problems."
Many of those who have seen the band throughout the years admit that this year's band is much different in many ways. Mr. Palma describes this year's band as "dedicated, selfless and spectacular."
"All the students bring something new into the band," Mr. Palma said. "Students take the lead and work together as a team."
There are some students who recall years past when the band consisted of only a handful of students. Among these students is drum major Guya Rainey, who understands her leadership is as important to the band as her musicianship. "As a drum major we must get the work done and when the job is complete then we can have all the fun we would like," she said.