by Jericho Posadas
On October 18, the band geeks of Waialua High and Intermediate School transformed their tranquil band room into a house of horrors. During the first quarter, Band Director Mr. Ian Cablay and his seniors discussed the creation of a haunted house with the band room as the building at their disposal. The haunted house layout is a maze, going in through the L1 classrooms and utilizing every square inch possible of the building – including the mango grove. After a month of planning the students and supporters of the Waialua Band were able to turn those plans into a reality.
Cablay calls the band boosters the “backbone of the program”. Gloria Razon, one of the members of the booster club says, “The money from all our fundraisers go to things the school or the DOE cannot pay for such as instrument parts, music, food for practices, and the biggest event: the town tour.” All the funds raised are necessary for the program to continue and improve the quality of experience for the students.
Construction started quite awkwardly, with only a few band members showing up early and no one knowing where to start. Mr. Cablay arrived shortly after the band room was opened, where only a few fake bodies were created using one sided scissors. However, once he arrived, things started to run like chainsaws in a horror movie. The first day was mostly just planning, seeing where things would fit. Some students (mostly juniors and seniors), provided the supplies to the creation of the haunted house. And on the second day of construction, the haunted house was near to the end of finishing. The haunted house has many of its own highlights, each one contributing to the whole experience.
The first part of the haunted house will have its own highlights, along with the creepy noises that may instill the fear in you. The walls of the maze have carved in windows, and when you look inside you will not see a thing. But if you’re brave enough, you’ll skip the exit door and keep moving forward.
Noah Hull, a clarinet and piano player in the band, will be one of the highlights of the haunted house as people go midway through the maze. He will be dressed up as a Phantom, and will be playing music like “Phantom of The Opera” or the “X-Files” theme. Once you hear it, lets just say it’ll be an interesting experience.
You’re finally out and relieved to be finished with the scariest maze you’ll ever encounter. But you’re not done yet, as you choose two ways to go and finally reach the end. No spoilers here, but be certain to go through again to see the other option – if you dare…