Band marches toward state finals

By Amelia Bean

The Rockford High School Marching Band wrapped up their 2012 regular season on Saturday night, October 27, at the Lakeshore Invitational, hosted by Reeths- Puffer here in Rockford at the Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium. Rockford took first place in Flight 1 competition with a score of 84.80, while at the same time receiving all caption awards including best music, best visuals and best general effect. Director of Bands, Brian Phillips, commented, “Tonight’s performance was clearly our best so far this year. It was a great performance.” At a brisk 45 degrees, band members made sure they kept warm air moving through their instruments as they prepared to take the field, as well as keeping their arm and leg muscles warmed up and flexible. With the adrenaline flowing, color guard members were able to keep the cold away, even though their beautiful costumes were much better at enhancing the show than keeping them warm. Drum majors Christian Bomer, Emily Wilburn, Ben Crysler and Tessa Powers spent a few moments quietly preparing in the end zone before taking their positions with the band. Director Brian Phillips later noted that, “(this performance) was exactly the kind of confidence boost we needed going into state finals and nationals.”

Fans can see the Rockford High School Marching Band perform their 2012 show, CALLS FROM THE MASAI MARA, this Friday night, November 2, during halftime at the playoff game against West Ottawa. The next day, November 3, the band heads off to Detroit for the Michigan Competing Band Association State Finals at Ford Field. The following weekend, November 8, 9 and 10, the band will travel to Indianapolis to compete in the Bands of America nationals.

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