BYMS Band and Color Guard Perform at the Tustin Tiller Days Parade


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The Bernardo Yorba Middle School’s first period performing colorguard, drum major, and band, under the direction of Mrs. Rose Neumayr, were awarded first, second, and third place respectively, at this year’s Tustin Tiller Days Parade, held on Saturday, October 7.

“We have rehearsed close to 30 hours as a group in addition to the many hours of individual practice outside of the school day,” reported Mrs. Neumayr in an interview with the Matador Messenger

Performing “Flying Cadets” by Karl King, all three groups started at 10:00 am, and marched a total of seven miles from the corner of Main and Pacific Streets, and finished at corner of Prospect Avenue and Westbury Lane.

Since 1957, the Tustin Tiller Days Parade has been an annual event, as a part of a big the three day Tustin Tiller Days festival held at Columbus Tustin Park, according to

To prepare, the band students had to learn a number of skills, including marching in step, identifying the different command whistles, spacing, standing at attention, in addition to the performance music.

“If this is how well we are able to perform now, I can’t wait to see how we will do at our next performance,” added Mrs. Neumayr.

The musicians are expected to practice individually and also practice in “sectionals” of the same types of instruments every other Friday after school.  

“I think the performance was awesome and I really enjoyed performing for everyone,” stated Katelyn Miller, BYMS band clarinet section leader.

Color guard members have three practices a week after school, and had to learn various tosses, catches, and spins, in addition to learning choreography and how to perform alongside the marching band.

“I think we did pretty good, especially the new members, being their first parade,” stated Ashlynn Elliott, a member of the Colorguard team.

In addition, the drum major, eighth grader Samantha Jochum, had to memorize the tempo of the music, a baton routine in the beginning of the parade, and another routine for when she passes the judge’s panel.  She also had to make sure she is was in step with the band, and kept a certain distance away from them.

“I feel that the performance was definitely a step up from our previous practices and that we have come very far from the beginning of the school year.  So far, I feel that this is the start of a great new transition,” said Jochum, the BYMS drum major.

“I am very proud of all of the students who participated in the Tustin Tiller Days Parade and Band Review.  Band, Color guard and Drum Major all performed very well, especially for our first performance of the year,” stated Mrs. Neumayr.

If you would like to see their parade, you can watch it at Tustin parade youtube