RHS marching band showcases 2012 program

Will the cheetahs catch the zebras this time?  The RHS marching band gave an outstanding performance at the Jension Marching Band Invitational.

It has been a busy couple of weeks for the Rockford High School (RHS) marching band. On Saturday, Oct. 13, the band showcased their 2012 program in Pontiac at the Bands of America Regional competition. They placed fifth, which elevated their standings from last year by four placements. Even in the face of illness, misjudged scheduling and other typical mishaps, the band put on a performance they could be extraordinarily proud of.

The night prior to the Pontiac performance, Oct. 12, the band brought the crowd to its feet at halftime during the winning Homecoming game between Rockford and Grandville.

This past Saturday, Oct. 20, the RHS marching band competed in the Jenison Marching Band Invitational. Rockford took first place in Flight I with a final score of 81.0 and received all three caption awards in Flight I, including Best Music, Best Marching and Best Visual Effect.

The band showcased their 2012 program for the eighth-grade band students and their parents on Monday night, October 22, filling the auditorium at RHS with awesome sound and music. This is an annual event to promote participation in the marching band to upcoming freshmen.

The band will perform this coming Friday night, October 26, during halftime at Rockford’s first playoff football game and will compete the next night in the Lakeshore Invitational, hosted by Reeth’s Puffer in the Rockford stadium. These will be great chances to see the band perform their 2012 show, Calls from the Masai Mara, before they head off to Detroit for State finals.

The band will travel to Ford Field to compete in the Michigan Competing Bands Association (MCBA) state finals on Saturday, November 3. The following week, the band will travel to Indianapolis to compete in the Bands of America (BOA) Grand National Championships.

Director of Bands, Brian Phillips, says, “The band has had solid performances and we are very excited to have made the Bands of America finals for the second year in a row.” Congratulations Rockford High School Marching Band!

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