Merced High drum line, color guard earn first place at championships

The Merced High band's winter groups took first place at the San Joaquin Valley Color Guard and Percussion Review championships held over the weekend in Clovis.

The color guard and drum line competed against nearly 50 other schools at Clovis North High School on Friday and Saturday. Both groups received a first-place trophy, a banner to display on campus and each student was given a medal.

The Merced High color guard team includes captains Alexis Meister and Jessica Perez, and instructors are Sylvia Arce, Sarah Erickson and Britny Accardo. The drum line captains are Anthony Moore and David Semsem, and instructors are Ricky Mercado and Michael Flores.