To the Editor: BHS band ‘shining stars!’

Last Friday night, I witnessed a historic event. Trona High School’s football team played Hesperia Christian High School at the Pit (as we locals affectionately call our football field). The fact that our team played their hearts out, displayed superior sportsmanship, and won the game was an integral part of the event, but not historic. The fact that the Burroughs High School marching/pep band was present and played throughout the game was.

This visit from the band was completely unsolicited. They reached out to TJUSD with a request to join us at our first home football game of the 2019 season. We welcomed them with open arms. What ensued was one of those moments that makes you say, “YES! This is what it’s all about!”

Trona High School doesn’t have a band or a music program. We’re just too small to put that in our budget. So this sharing of music and support for our football team was truly a luxury.

Beyond that, the BHS marching/pep band was an example of talent, spirit, sportsmanship, community camaraderie and just a fun group of young people. Their young band leader was inspirational in her understanding of etiquette of the game and a total sense of professionalism.

Burroughs High School, thank you for sharing this gift with us. Parents of the band members, be super proud of your children. Community of Ridgecrest, we in Trona salute you. We in Trona will reciprocate in any way we are able. We in Trona are just on the other side of the mountains. The Burroughs High School band realized that.

Thank you, BHS band. You are shining stars!

Cathy Heseman, TJUSD Governing Board Trustee

Story First Published: 2019-09-20