Lakeshore Invitational

Marching band sweeps Flight I awards at Lakeshore Invitational

November 3, 2011 // 0 Comments

It was a busy week for the Rockford High School (RHS) marching band. On Monday, Oct. 24, the band showcased their 2011 program for the eighth-grade band students and their parents, 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. On Friday, Oct. 28, the band brought the crowd to its feet at halftime during the winning playoff game between Rockford and West Ottawa. On Saturday, Oct. 29, the RHS marching band competed in the Lakeshore Invitational hosted by Reeths-Puffer High School on the RHS field. Rockford took first place in Flight I with a final score of 85.22 and received all three caption awards in Flight I, including Best Music, Best Marching and Best Visual Effect. The band will travel to Ford Field to compete in the Michigan Competing Bands Association (MCBA) state finals on November 5. The following week, the band will travel to Indianapolis to compete in the Bands of America (BOA) Grand National Championships.

First band car raffle puts Chevy Malibu keys in couple’s hands

October 28, 2010 // 0 Comments

Winning a new car for the cost of a $25 ticket, and all for a good cause is probably a great feeling. This year’s Rockford marching band program fundraiser was a raffle for a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. According to Chris Vanzee, band booster president, this is the first year the band tried to raise funds by raffling a car. Volunteers sold a total of 1,344 tickets for the fundraiser, which supports the sixth- through 12th-grade band programs. “We would love to thank the community for their support of our fine band program,” Vanzee said. “It takes lots of hard work and creative fundraising to bring in enough money to put together a competitive marching band show. Thankfully we have several volunteers to help us with this great task. We had people who were eager to pound the pavement and contributed to the success of this raffle. We also appreciate Ric’s grocery store, D&W Fresh Market, The Score, Thunderbay car wash, Buffalo Wild Wings, and the City of Rockford for allowing us to bring the car to their locations and sell tickets.” The winner, Karen DeBlaay, is a great-aunt to one of the band’s trumpet players, Travis Van’t Voort. It was very exciting for their entire family to see someone they knew win the car. DeBlaay was very excited and was shocked that she had won. She had stated that she didn’t intend to win, but just wanted to help the band. She is very excited and would love to see the marching band perform at their next competition, the Lakeshore Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Ted in Rockford.