Trif3cta takes field in 3, 2, 1


Sara Ledesma

Colorguard captains Erica Perez and Rebecca Boehs warm up before halftime

The Soaring Pride Band began their season on Aug. 1 in preparation for their new and upcoming show, Trif3cta, featuring the “threes we find in our lives.”

The three pieces featured, “Orawa,” “Hide and Seek” and “Kingfishers Catch Fire,” were selected based on highlighting aspects of the band rather than to fit in with the theme of the show said Music arranger Eric Rath. The theme and drill were written around the concept of the music, rather than the music around the idea of the drill.

“Originally, we had talked about the show being a slightly different concept and had selected music for that,” Rath said. “The more that we talked and talked about those three pieces and really loving those, the more we realized the concept didn’t fit along with the music as well as the idea of grouping of threes.”

It’s really abstract in the sense that you’re not supposed to walk away and have this really clear sense of the number three.”

— Eric Rath, Arranger and Junior High Band Director

Rath said that the first movement, Orawa, has several three note cells and this piece was where they began considering a change in the theme of the show. He said they knew they wanted this piece and it was one of three they already had, furthering the idea of groupings of three.

“It is just a representation of all the things you can do with the number three,” Rath said. “It’s really abstract in the sense that you’re not supposed to walk away and have this really clear sense of the number three, or you haven’t necessarily learned something, it’s not a story about the number three.”

The arranger’s idea was to incorporate as many things as possible about the number three, not to gain a better understanding of three. Rath said that plenty of things in the show will be things perceived by the audience that were not ever considered in the making.

“I’m really excited,” Rath said. “I have been excited all summer.”

Rath said that the writing process is like watching a flower grow. The beginning of the of the writing process is like planting the seeds and as the year progresses, the seeds blossom and grow. Hitting the later contests, the audience can see it begin to come together as a whole.

“You see everything bloom at the end,” Rath said.