Los Banos High School dropped a great tradition: It has not had Majorettes since 1995. Fortunately, that has changed. This year one student decided it was time to bring back the batons. In February, Sophie Perez, 16, then a junior, resolved she was going to twirl with the band for the May Day parade. She recruited help and held a bake sale to raise funds. Two months of practice with a 40-year-old baton, and an altered uniform from the 1980s, and she took first in her division. For the new band season, Sophie has recruited several other wanna-be twirlers and they have already commenced to practice. They hope to spark the interest of prior LBHS Majorettes for ideas, and to raise funds for uniforms, boots and lighted batons.
Jeana Whitehurst Los Banos