Local High Schools Perform at 19th Annual Halftime Festival

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The Great Spartan Band, flag twirlers and Sparteens rock the party at Cal Jones Field.

EL CENTRO — Featuring pomp and showmanship, the Imperial Valley Music Educators Association hosted the 19th annual Halftime Festival at Cal Jones Field in El Centro Tuesday night.

Local high school bands along with drill teams, flags, and majorettes were given the opportunity to showcase their football season halftime performances.

With standing room only on both sides of the bleachers, the huge crowd applauded as the Great Spartan Band of Central Union High led the show with the national anthem.

Performing first was the compact, yet fierce, Holtville marching band and drill team, led by Director Ivan Moreno and Drum Major Kalin Soto, which had the spectators rocking back and forth with their booming bass drum cadences.

The Brawley Wildcat marching band excited the crowd during its Daft Punk Medley and carefully choreographed field routine. According to those watching, the integrated dance steps and unified movement displayed a true sense of organization and synchronization.

Playing classic hits from Queen and Earth Wind and Fire, Southwest’s marching band, tall flags, and majestics had the masses grooving to September as the majorettes twirled their flaming batons.

Taking up an entire half of the football field, the massive Calexico marching Bulldogs’ flag and drill teams performed a perfectly executed marching sequence that incorporated the enchanting sounds of wind chimes and xylophones from their percussion section.

In a drum core style show, the pride of Imperial Tigers band, utilized large mirrors as illusionary props and had an assortment of bright colors and sparkles in their flag routines that added an extra razzle dazzle effect.

The 19th Annual Halftime festival ended with the host school, Central Union High’s Great Spartan Band, concluding the party at midfield with contemporary hits such as Justin Bieber’s Sorry and Pitbull’s Feel This Moment. The last song performed, Give Me Everything Tonight, highlighted a routine by the Sparteens as the classic Spartan shuffle bade farewell to the onlookers.