Byron Center named grand champion at RHS’s annual marching invitational

The Rockford High School (RHS) marching band hosted its 28th Annual Rockford Marching Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 18.

The Rockford High School marching band performs their 2010 show entitled “Steel, Steam and Speed.”

“It was wonderful to have so many talented groups join us this year,” said RHS Band Director Brian Phillips. “It’s unusual to see this kind of participation so early in the season, not to mention how well-prepared they are already!”

The event, a Scholastic Marching Band competition, featured 21 Class C, B and A schools. Each band was judged on music performance, music effect, marching performance and visual effect, providing valuable feedback for the organizations. Awards are presented based on the top score in all these areas. Additional caption awards are also presented for music, marching, percussion and auxiliary performances. Rockford’s marching band performed in exhibition during the invitation and was also judged, although was not eligible to receive awards due to its role as host.

In Class C competition, Newaygo took top honors for both captions and overall performance. Godwin Heights repeated these honors for Class B competition. For Class A competition, Northview won the auxiliary caption, Otsego the percussion caption, and top honors went to Byron Center for music, marching and overall performance. Byron Center also was named the 2010 grand champion.

In addition to showcasing talented performances, the invitational also serves as a major fundraiser for RHS bands.

Rockford is scheduled to compete in invitationals at Otsego on September 25, Plymouth-Canton on October 2, Jenison on October 23, and RHS is hosting the Reeths-Puffer competition at the Ted on October 30.

The marching season culminates with a final competition through the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA) state championship, which takes place at Detroit’s Ford Field on November 6. In order to qualify for state finals, bands must compete in at least two MCBA-sanctioned contests and place among the 11 highest scoring bands in its flight. Rockford has made the state finals every year since joining the MCBA.

For more information on Rockford bands visit www.rockfordbands.org.

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