Ontario students take to the football field, but with instruments in hand

Monte Maxwell, a senior and brass section leader, plays his trombone during band practice Thursday, Oct. 14. (The Enterprise/LILIANA FRANKEL)

ONTARIO – As students filtered into the room, they parked themselves at seemingly random spots on its tiered floor.

They dropped their stuff and dragged music stands into position. Then, they slid into their uniforms. 

Just like that, Ontario High School’s marching band had arrived. 

The band program is close to 70 years old, said band teacher Max Justice, who’s in his first year in the role. Marching band takes place in the fall and next week will turn into the school’s concert band. 

While marching band plays more contemporary music and has uniformed students dancing on the football field, concert band is a sit-down affair . . .