Hard work, persistence paying off for RHS marching band

VISUALLY GREAT—The Rockford High School marching band continues to impress this season, clearing a path to the state finals.

VISUALLY GREAT—The Rockford High School marching band continues to impress this season, clearing a path to the state finals.

The Rockford High School marching band once again showed its prowess with top score of the day at Belding High School’s invitational on Saturday, Oct. 10. Rockford was among 11 high school bands participating in the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA) event. The band finished the performance with 73.3 points overall. The next highest score was Durand High School in flight four with 68.9.

Rockford band director Brian Phillips is happy with Saturday’s performance, but he also notes that competitions are about more than simply striving for a high number. “I was very pleased, visually, with the band’s performance Saturday night,” said Phillips. “It was one of Rockford’s strongest visual productions ever. To be honest, I was a little disappointed musically. We are a young band, and we have some work to do in the area of toughening up the kids, especially in adverse weather conditions. I am extremely proud of what they did accomplish. I think the part of which I am most proud is the kids’ attitudes on the night. They know we did well, but they also know we left a lot on the field, and it hurt our overall performance—and they wish we could have a do-over.”

Schools are ranked by MCBA in one of four flights according to enrollment size the previous spring. Rockford was the only school Saturday participating in flight one, and is currently ranked fourth in the state out of nine schools that have posted scores thus far this season.

In order to qualify for state finals at Ford Field on Nov. 7, bands must compete in at least two MCBA sanctioned contests and place among the 10 highest scoring bands in its flight. Rockford has made the state finals every year since joining the association.

The Rockford band’s two remaining competitions are both MCBA sanctioned events, at Allegan High School Oct. 24 and at Reeths-Puffer Oct. 31.

“We have awesome kids. They will learn from this and continue to grow into an amazing band. I’m looking forward to our next shot,” said Phillips.

Band members are working hard on fundraisers to help subsidize expenses such as band camp, uniforms, and more, so please be on the lookout for students selling door-to-door in your neighborhood.

For more information visit www.rockfordbands.org.

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