By Natalie Wang, ΒΩ
There is only one time every year that a band kid looks half good — although the Downfall of Troy Show probably comes in a close second — and that time is none other than Band Banquet! Obviously, this year, Band Banquet was virtual, but that did not stop everyone from having fun. Our very cool Directors of Band Activities, Brianna Becerra (Psi) and Liz Gulli (EK), organized the event, boasting an exciting itinerary: Senior Slideshow, Senior Notes, Section Awards, Senior Roasts, and the Section Picture Contest.
The Senior Slideshow was fantastic as it showcased pictures of seniors from their childhood. It gave off the same feeling as watching a child fall and break all of their teeth. Simultaneously endearing and embarrassing. While the seniors had to suffer through pictures dug out from their past, they were offered some relief through Senior Notes. People could send kind messages to seniors through Google Forms. Wholesome! But we couldn’t make the seniors feel too comfortable, because after that, we had Senior Roasts. Sections were placed in their own breakout rooms and given free reign to (appropriately) tease their seniors. Hopefully, this tradition will be cut when I’m a senior because I do not need people leveraging 4 years of my regretful life actions against me.
Then, we moved onto Section Awards. Because this season had been especially tough with coronavirus, a lot of section leaders took the time to recognize all of the hardworking first years in the band. It is not easy being part of the marching band in a virtual setting, but they made it work. Go baby bruins! We also had the Section Picture Contest. Each section photoshopped a funny photo of themselves, and we voted on which picture was the best. The drumline made my favorite, deciding to take a more risque approach, and they drew each member of their section as stick figures. It was fascinating how they were able to capture the essence of each member through simple lines, circles, and hairstyles. Definitely the best section photoshopped picture I had ever seen. However, if you were to ask me to identify each stick figure’s real identity, I would probably fail.
All in all, Band Banquet was 10/10. I also got to wear pajama pants the whole time without anyone noticing, which is always a plus during these Zoom times. Of course, if anyone asks, I was formally dressed head to toe.