On Friday, Sept. 6, alumni-members of the Carpinteria High School Warrior Band returned to campus to perform their 20th alumni halftime show. First performing in September of 2000 to help with fundraising efforts for a new stadium, the band alums raised over $3,000 and are listed on the Wall of Fame near the entrance to the stadium.
What was originally intended to be a one-time event has become an annual tradition, with alumni being joined by current members of the Warrior Marching Band each year since their first performance. A number of current band members have said they look forward to returning after they graduate.
To mark the occasion of their 20th show, the alumni band decided to play music that was popular when they were in high school: “Mambo No. 5,” “Smooth,” “Livin’ La Vida Loca” and “Sir Duke.” The show is written and directed by Langdon Nevens, who taught band in Carpinteria from 1968-2005.
Alumni band members do a practice performance after school on game day until around 5:30 p.m., then treat everybody to a pizza dinner before it’s time to line up and march to the stadium. Alumni convene after the game at the home of a local member for an enjoyable time catching up and sharing memories of their time in the band.
During the show, Carpinteria Morning Rotary Club members pass the hat (using real marching band hats) to collect money in support of music programs in Carpinteria schools. They collected over $400 on Sept. 6, which will be given to Band Forever—a charitable foundation created to support local school music programs.
Over the years, participants have ranged from recent graduates to those who graduated over 60 years ago. Some alumni members travel thousands of miles to participate each year, and any prior member of the Warrior Band is welcome to take part. The show is planned for the second home game each year. For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page, “CHS Warrior Band & Drill Team.”