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Saugus Centurions host Parent Preview amid search for new band director

Final Day of Band Camp 2023 Credit: Alicia Ross

In a display of determination and talent, the Saugus High School Marching Centurions once again proved that the power of unity and passion can overcome obstacles. On July 28, the band and color guard performed for family, friends and the community, amid their search for a new band director, the organization’s third band director in four years. Bob Grigas, band director since 2021, and who had been involved with the program since 2016, recently announced he was stepping down. “We have gone through so much at this school and through this community but I have never seen a stronger and more equipped program to withstand the pressures of the real world. This group is strong, powerful, and resilient. If anyone can get through this it is the Saugus Marching Centurions.”

Asst Drum Major, Shannon Marks, Color Guard Director, Rob Guzman, and Drum Major, Rodrigo del Rio

The members of the band and guard refused to let the sudden change dampen their spirit. Led by Visual Caption Head and Color Guard Director, Rob Guzman, the Marching Centurions entered two full weeks of band camp working diligently in 100 degree temperatures on music, drills and choreography for their upcoming field show entitled The Angelic Conflict. Guzman, who is beginning his fifth year with the Marching Centurions, credits drum majors Rodrigo del Rio and Shannon Marks, along with section leaders and captains, for their unwavering dedication. “I could not do this without them. They are the first ones here everyday, and they’re the last ones to leave,” Guzman told parents at their Friday evening performance. “They have such passion and dedication, they were there with me through thick and thin. We figured out solutions together – that was the best part.”

In attendance at Parent Preview was Saugus High School Principal Geni Peterson-Henry, who has been leading the search for the director. “Due to the great talent and maturity of this special group of students, they were able to run a wonderful camp and work closely with each other and staff members to acclimate new members and practice new songs and learn this year’s show,” expressed Peterson-Henry. “I am so thankful for the hard work and dedication of this committed group of students. I am also indebted to the parents and staff members whose flexibility and support are imperative to the success of this program.”

Flexibility and support has been forthcoming from all sides, according to the Marching Centurions Booster Club Board of Directors; from the countless hours parents have volunteered to keep the program running smoothly, to the guidance and assistance they’ve received from Saugus High School leadership. “We are truly grateful for the unwavering support of our administration here at Saugus,” said Band Booster Vice President Andrew Sherman. “Assistant Principal Ashley Gore has been instrumental in the continued growth and success of our program.”

Perseverance, resilience, and unity is nothing new to the Marching Centurions; something that continues to be evident in these hard working students.

If you’d like to support the Saugus Marching Centurions this season, visit for information on events and fundraisers. You can support the Marching Centurions with a tax-deductible donation at or send a check payable to: Saugus Band and Flag Team Booster Club

Mail to: Saugus Band and Colorguard

PO Box 801211

Santa Clarita, CA 91380-1211

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