From the Pep Band

A shot of the JDHS pep band at the Region V tournament.

Everybody in Juneau Alaska knows who won the Region V basketball tournament, but you may not know what actually happened there. My name is Samuel Bibb I attend Juneau- Douglas High School and I am a member of the pep band. Some of the games did not turn out the way I wanted them to but I had a great time. Every single Thunder Mountain vs. Juneau-Douglas game this season featured an intense atmosphere, but now both pep bands, cheer teams and dance teams were there. Every fan in the crowd was yelling and screaming as loud as they could to support their team. It was the place to be in Southeast Alaska.

We Arrived in Sitka at 6:30 AM on Tuesday. We didn’t have a game until 8:15 that night so that meant that we had a lot of free time to do whatever we wanted to do. Whenever I go to Sitka I always try to visit Harry Race pharmacy. They sell some of the best milkshakes I have ever had.

I am in pep band, but I also love to watch sports. Later that day, I enjoyed watching some 3A hoops before the big games started. As the drummer in the band I am in charge of unpacking the drum set and also setting it up. We only had one game that night because our boys were the 2nd seed and they had to play the 3rd seeded Kayhi Kings. Our girl’s team was the #1 seed so they had a first round bye.

Back at home in Juneau we are so lucky to have a pep band loft, but not all schools are that lucky. At Mt. Edgecumbe High School we had a small space in the bleachers to fit one pep band and the other pep band was supposed to fit in the stage type place right next to the bleachers. We made it fit but it was nothing like back in Juneau. Since there is a pep band for each school, the bands have to switch off every song. The home team’s pep band gets to play the national anthem, the school song, and the song when the team runs out onto the court. We were the home team for every game except the championship game against the Thunder Mountain boy’s team.

On Friday night it was perhaps the biggest game of the season for both of our teams. It was championship Friday, meaning if our girls won they were going to State; and if our boys won, they would still have to play on Saturday because it was a double elimination tournament. Since Thunder Mountain and JDHS are rivals, each pep band was trying to show more spirit for their team by putting paint on their bodies and wearing crazy clothes. Even though our basketball teams did not win every game our pep band definitely had a great time and we can hardly wait until next year’s Region V tournament in Juneau.



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