Klein Band Hosts 3rd Annual Car Show

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Augusto Moreno-Morales

Father and son smile for the camera at Klein Band Car Show.

Nadia Esquivel, Staff Writer

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Rows of rare and unique cars, enormous snow-cones, and engaging raffles– these are just a few of the many exciting details from this year’s annual band car show.

On Sept. 11, the band hosted a car show fundraiser to help raise money for their organization. This fundraiser was not only an effective way to raise money to help cover costs of the band, but a fun event for both students and community members alike.

“[The car show] is a big community event centered around people coming and showing off their cars,” Associate Band Director Kelsey Blanscet said. “It just brings so many people from all over the Klein community together.” 

Before the festivities really started,  Reynold’s Realty Group and David Morgan Family Trust sponsored a helicopter flyover tribute to 9/11. The copter circled overhead a few times before moving on. 

“It was a very nice tribute to those lost during 9/11,” trumpet player Joaquin Esquivel said. “It will be something Klein High will always remember.”

Intermittently throughout the event, the band came together to wow the crowd with songs such as ‘Land of a Thousand Dances’ and the Klein High Fight Song. Also, during the first performance of the day, the Bearkats were joined by the Kleb band for their rendition of ‘Louie Louie’.

“The music was great,” Kleb 7th grader Domenica Cabellero said. “The marching band did a great job and I’m really excited to join them when I’m in 9th grade.”

For the competition portion of the Car Show, the vehicles were separated into different categories and scored. Voted on by the seniors of the band, Daniel Olortegui’s turquoise, 1964 Volkswagen bus won ‘band’s favorite’. 

“I enjoyed showing [my car] off and I loved seeing the expressions on peoples faces,” Olortegui said. “I don’t tell the kids ‘don’t touch!’ I let them get in and honk the horn. This isn’t just for my enjoyment, but everyone’s.”