"The schools taking the top score in their respective divisions this year were Grant High School, John F. Kenny High School, Taft Charter High School and San Pedro High School."
Band director Wilber Ibarra for Kennedy High – which also won first place in its division for the third consecutive year – is a former student of Davidson’s (Band Director for San Pedro High School).
“It’s so rewarding to see our kids come together after months of hard work to do something magical,” Ibarra said. “It all comes together on a day like today. They did their absolute best, and they sold it.”
Ibarra added that achieving first place takes incredible commitment.
“We start practicing as early as July,” he said. “The students give up their time after school, on weekends and holidays to make this happen. We even spent three full days in rehearsals over the Thanksgiving break.”