Rockford marching band takes first at West Shore invitational

In their last regular season competition, the Rockford High School (RHS) marching band swept top honors in Flight I competition at the West Shore Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 30 with a score of 83.53 and won all caption awards for music, marching and general effect. Twenty-one bands participated in the invitational, which was held at Rockford’s Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium and was sponsored by Reeths-Puffer High School.

Brian Phillips, RHS band director, was happy with band’s evening performance. “It was our best performance yet, by far, and the students and staff are all very excited about where the show is going. They have so much to be proud of!”

Following the West Shore Invitational, Rockford is seeded fifth in Flight I state standings—based on the average of each band’s top two scores—with the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA). The top 11 bands in each flight competed at the MCBA state championship on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Ford Field in Detroit.

Newaygo swept the field in Flight IV taking all captions and a score of 75.18. In Flight III, Stevensville Lakeshore took the caption for marching with a score of 77.56 behind first-place winner Byron Center, 77.91, who took music and general effect awards. In Flight II, Jenison dominated the field with a score of 84.91 and won all captions.

Rockford’s 2010 show, entitled “Steel, Steam and Speed,” based on Frank Sullivan’s “Fast Track,” is a high-energy show and centers on the aesthetic sounds and experiences of locomotion.

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