Mark Keppel Aztec Band attends its seventh annual UCLA Band Day. Dr. Carla Bartlett, Aztec Band Director, along with Mr. Justin Lee, Director of Instrumental Music, trained Aztec Band members to perform at UCLA’s 2016 Band Day at the Pasadena Rose Bowl.
Keppel’s color guard captain Nicole Nguyen, member Lyan Ly, and Aztec Band member Samantha Vuong, who are all attending Band Day for the third year, agree that it is an event “that brings many together” and “is an amazing experience.”
The Aztec Band’s schedule consists of busing to the Rose Bowl arena, arriving at 11:00 am, where the band undergoes a “2 hour rehearsal with the UCLA Band.” After the practice session, participants return to the buses to eat lunch and dress in their uniforms before rejoining in the stadium.
After having experienced UCLA Band Day for multiple years, Dr. Bartlett praises that the Aztec Band “learn how to perform professionally” as well as taking on “new challenging music and cooperating with each other.”