Count Oak Hills High School's Bulldog Brigade marching band as one more team at the school on a winning streak this year.


"We've had four competitions we've been to this year," said band teacher Shane Sherrodd.


The band won first place at the Apple Valley Field Competition, although another band won the higher Sweepstakes award. Then Sherrodd said they received first place at the Benita Field Field Competition.


This month, the band won the Southern California Judging Association's Huntington Beach Regional Field Tournament on Nov. 5.


"Because there were so many other schools (in OHHS' division), they split us off into two divisions," which Sherrodd explained were designated by colors. "We won first place in our color division, but we basically ranked 3rd overall at that regional event."


Still, their point score, along with those in previous SCJA events, was enough for Oak Hills to be one of 10 schools in their division invited to return for the California State Band Championships in Huntington Beach on Sunday. They placed in sixth in their division.


The band's success, according to Sherrodd, comes in part due to their experience.


"We're an older group. When I started this program three years ago," he said. "It's been a constant nurturing, getting them to where they need to be. ... As far as the musical group and the maturity, it's all there."


The band's future is also bright, he said, with a "hard-working group" of freshman in the band.


This season, the band has been performing a show based on the spectacle of traditional Japanese drumming.


"I wanted to be like some sort of Japanese street festival or something like that," Sherrodd said.


This time next year, the Bulldog Brigade will be on to a new spectacle, having put the Japanese flavor behind them.


"In the years I've been teaching high school band, I've never repeated a field show, and this is my 15th year."