The Rockford High School marching band took first place in their flight, and scored the second-highest overall point total among 18 competing high school bands at the West Shore Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 31.
“There’s no way to put into words how proud I am of the band’s performance Saturday. They truly have taken this ensemble to the next level,” said Brian Phillips, Rockford marching band director.
Reeths-Puffer (flight two) took top score of the day with 87.7 points with Rockford close behind at 85.55. Jenison (flight two) was third with 82.7 points.
Rockford’s exceptional performance moved the band to fifth place in flight one state standings—based on the average of each band’s top two scores—with the Michigan Competing Band Association.
The competition’s location was switched from Muskegon to Rockford’s Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium, which has artificial turf, due to concerns over recent heavy rains saturating the field at Reeths-Puffer High School.
“The students are so pumped after their performance at the West Shore Invitational,” said Patt Clement, president of the Rockford Band Parents Association.
The West Shore Invitational was Rockford’s final competition prior to the state championship contest scheduled for Nov. 7 at Ford Field in Detroit.
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