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Beler Guard Keeps Marching
The Benson Color Guard meets regularly in the Band Portable
after school. As a group, they have been practicing marching
and appeared at Benson's first football game, October 31.
During the summer, the color guard uniforms were cleaned
The Color guard has new equipment for this year which
includes the chrome helmets, which were made and chromed by
a local industry and presented to the color guard as a gift.
These replaced the plastic helmets formerly used. The guard
marches with four flags, these are the United States flag, the
Oregon State flag, the city flag, and the Benson flag. The
Benson flag is orange and faded blue, which has turned pink
with .age. Mr. Rowe has been trying to get several estimates
from different flag companies on how to take care of the faded
blue. New fringing may also be added. '
The Benson Color Guard was started in the late forties by a
member of the U.S. Army, who also kept up his regular duties.
The guard used to do Veterans Day parades and other
activities, but now there is less demand for the Color Guard,
according to Mr. Rowe.
The Benson Color Guard has always had six members with
two reserves. The six members this year are Chris Parker, master
sergeant, Ben Choy, technical sergeant, Roy Kluthe, Brian
Dinsmore, and Carl Keltz, who are all buck privates.
Band Department Prepares
er Yarieci Aetivitiee
The Band department took part in the Christmas
program December 17, the Spring Concert, the Tech
Show and the '76er.
Active also at the football games, the Band served
as a liason between the grade schools and the high
school. Nume'rous concerts were given at grade
schools to help acquaint the students with Benson
By for the most important event of the year was the
Rose Festival held in early June. Last year the Band
did not take part in the festival but planned to this
Y In addition to the Marching Band Benson had a
Beginning Band, a Junior Band, and a Pep Band. All three
were under the leadership of Mr. Harold Rowe.
TOP LEFT: Chris Parker ll2j explains marching move to Brian
Dinsmore UOQ. TOP CENTER: Mr. Harold Rowe, band director,
conducts band 'practice after school with the Pep Band. TOP
RIGHT: Carl Keltz U21 listens attentively while Chris Parker con-
ducts Color Guard meeting. BOTTOM LEFT: The Benson Pep Band
in formal attire performs at the Roosevelt vs Benson football
game. BOTTOM RIGHT: The Pep Band took an active part in the
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Music Ie Great Experience
Operating out ofa well worn wooden portable and the
dressing rooms of the stage, the choral and music groups
of Benson created a lot of professional music which
credited the school iust as much as winning athletic teams
or contest winning students in other academic areas.
The elite group of the choral section was the Am-
bassadors. This group was composed of a select group
from the larger choral group and one of their functions
was to appear at assemblies in the various grade schools
of the city. Another top ranked group was the newly
formed Stage One group which was created to appear
mainly before business groups, at luncheons and at other
functions where a small group is desired. Choral director
is Mr. Roger Hanson.
Benson's Band achieved much recognition at the '76er,
and the Tech Show, Headed by Mr. Harold Rowe the band
stressed perfection and had several students attend com-
petitions. Part of the band was the Pep Band composed of
band students who performed at athletic events when the
regular band was not in attendance. Their purpose was to
aid the rally in bolstering spirit.
Probably the most important event for both of these
groups was the Winter Christmas Concert and the Spring
Concert. ln these two shows the bands and choral groups
are the show. Often special compositions or unusual
music selections are presented.
TOP RIGHT : Bill Severe il ll adds the sound of his horn at the ap-
propriate place. CENTER RIGHT: Drummers James Mallos and
two other drummers carefully watch director and score for their
cue. BOTTOM: Benson Band took part in the Holiday and Spring
Music programs. This year they were invited to take part in the
Rose Festival and were placed seventh inthe parade, one of the
first bonds. CENTER RIGHT1Band members play a selection at the
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