Albuquerque high school band marches toward success

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A local high school band marched the streets of Albuquerque on Saturday morning performing for anyone who wanted to listen.

It was all part of the Highland High School marching band annual Marchathon, a fundraiser for the group.

“I just love playing music,” said Band Member Maleek Gardner.

It’s a love 15-year-old Maleek Garnder shares with about 45 other Albuquerque Highland High School band students. The only exception is Garnder marches onto the field long before half time.

The tuba player is also on the school’s varsity football team.

“It’s pretty fun, but also exhausting as well,” said Gardner. “My band teacher and my coach, we have to talk about it like what I can make and what I can’t make.”

Like making this year’s Marchathon.

“Basically it’s an opportunity for us to get out into the community and have an opportunity to share our music with our neighbors and get out and be visible,” said Highland High School Marching Band Director Josephina Gonzales.

On Saturday, the band performed for an audience in the Ridgecrest neighborhood in southeast Albuquerque.

“It’s very tiring, but it’s worth it when we see people come out, we see them enjoying it and having fun,” said Band Member Patricia Loving.

“It’s really humbling. It’s just a really good feeling to know that people enjoy the thing that we do that we put so much work into everyday,” said Drum Major Paul Espey.

Espey said music, specifically the marching band has made an impact in his life.

“I have great friendships that will last a lifetime because of music,” said Espey.

It’s a bond the Highland High School Hornets hope shines through with every song they play.

“Music is just bringing people together,” said Loving.

The Marchathon is the band’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

People who donate help pay for new equipment, team travel costs and other band supplies.

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