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The Santa Maria High School Saints Band marched to first place recently at the 72th Annual Elks
Parade, marking the fourth consecutive honor since 2012.

The Saints played a few pieces to honor the military including “When the Saints Go Marching In”,
arranged by Director of Bands Ulises Valdivia. The parade, a community tradition, took place along
the city’s main drag, Broadway.

“Ever since my freshman year, we have had a winning streak, which is pretty incredible because not
many schools can accomplish that,’’ said senior Edwin Pena, who is also a member of the Saints Jazz
Ensemble. “The band has taught me the meaning of working together, hard work, dedication, and what
a family is.’’

Senior Stephanie Fernandez, who is also a member of the Jazz
Ensemble, said her band experience won’t be forgotten.

“I love this band so much, so this will be the most important thing in my life that I will leave
behind,’’ Fernandez said. “They are my family and will continue to be my family for the rest of my

Mr. Valdivia said the music program has taught his students and
musicians to set goals.
“Setting goals in life is important, otherwise your goals are constantly invisible,’’ Valdivia
said. “As we end the year, we are getting ready to set some goals and make them visible again!’’

The Saints Band was also awarded the $500 prize from Mega 97.1
FM and Home Motors

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