Battle of the High School Bands

Gerilyne Ilog
Gerilyne Ilog
Justin Nishida
Justin Nishida

MILILANI (KHNL) -- Hundreds of young musicians were making some noise out in Mililani Saturday night. It was all part of this years 11th annual Trojan Band Fest featuring 12 high school marching bands from around Oahu.

Parents, teachers and other supporters came out to cheer on their favorite school and see all the hard work, dedication and discipline, culminate into an night of entertaining performances.

These students have been through a long painstaking journey to showcase their talents as the high school marching band competitive season winds down.

"Many nights many afternoons, Saturday Sunday, going through their shows through and through it a work of love," said Event Chairperson, Don Takuchi.

The judging criteria is based on school size. James Campbell High School was the smallest but no less competitive.

"Even though we're the smallest, we can still do it because we have a lot of confidence and we work really hard," said Gerilyne Ilog of Campbell High School.

A lot of sacrifices were made over the past few months to prepare for this event.

"Weekends, we had to give up our weekends," said Gerilyne Ilog.

For some, the pressure of performing in front of a large crowd and rival high schools, is something to thrive on.

"The adrenaline rush is real good because all these other bands a re real good just a lot of adrenaline trying to compete with them," said Justin Nishida of kailua High School.

The competitive season might be coming to an end, but their love of music will hopefully continue on to the next level

"I want to try continue into college, maybe U.H. It's been a big part of my life," said Justin Nishida.

It's the end of a remarkable journey for some remarkable musicians.

Saturday's Trojan Band Fest is one of three major high school band competitions during the year. Many of tonights bands will perform one last time as they finish up with the University of Hawaii marching band festival on Monday.