The Rockford High School Marching Band is proud to host its 30th annual Marching Band Invitational on Saturday, September 22, 2012. This year’s event is slated to be one of the most exciting ever, with 17 bands performing in competition and the Rockford Marching Band providing the finale with their exhibition performance of this year’s show entitled Calls from the Masai Mara. For those who may not be familiar with what a Marching Invitational involves, each band performs their 2012 show and are scored by professional judges on how they look, sound, and move. It is a great event for those who enjoy watching marching bands with other patrons who share their enthusiasm. Rockford’s band is expansive this year, with 262 dedicated members who are multitalented, and is under the exceptional leadership of director Brian Phillips. The Rockford Invitational begins at 3:25 p.m. with the playing of our National Anthem, continues throughout the afternoon with Rockford’s performance at 8:35 p.m. signaling the end of the event. The order of performances of the visiting bands will be posted on the Rockford Marching Band’s website, wwwrockfordbands.org. The cost for admission to the Invitational is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors 60+ and students. Children 4 and under are free! You can purchase a Family Pass for a family of 4 or more for $20. Visitors will receive one Invitational program with each paid admission (Family Pass counting as 1). Extra programs can be purchased for $2.00. No Golden Age passes will be honored at this event as it is a fundraiser for the Rockford Marching Band. Gates open at 1:45 and the Concession Stand will be open all day! The students and parents of the Rockford High School Marching Band hope to see you there!
Rockford High School Marching Band
At 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov.11, the 230-member Rockford High School (RHS) marching band waited in hopeful anticipation in the stands at Lucas Oil Stadium as the announcer began naming the bands advancing to the semifinals competition. After a full day of travel and rehearsal the day before, the band had marched on to the Indianapolis field at 10:56 p.m. the prior evening to perform on the national stage for the first time. Their 2011 program entitled “Reactivity” carried the subtitle, “What moves you?” They were about to learn if their performance had moved the judges and earned them a place among the top bands in the country. As the seconds ticked by and the list of semifinalists grew—named in random order—the announcer interjected that 33 bands had made the semifinals cut. The countdown continued with only one other Michigan band named to the roster: Jenison. Then, at 9:35:28 the announcer named the RHS marching band as the 33rd and last semifinalist in the Grand National Championship competition. Drum majors, John DeGuise, Jacob Hewitt, Ross Knoop and Christian Bomer were on the field to receive congratulations on behalf of their fellow band members. Within seconds, phones began ringing back home in Rockford as band members informed parents and loved ones that they’d be performing for a second time the next day. Rockford took the field at 8:45 a.m. in semifinals competition on Saturday, Nov. 12. Their semifinals performance earned them the highest placement (22nd) of any band from Michigan in the national competition.
The Rockford High School (RHS) marching band competed in the MCBA state championship at Ford Field on November 5. The band placed third in Flight 1 competition for the third consecutive year, with an overall score of 87.59. Drum major Jacob Hewitt was awarded an MCBA scholarship at the event. The band is performing at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Thursday, Nov. 10 in preliminary competition for the Bands of America Grand National Championship.
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.
You can help the Rockford High School marching band and have a chance to win a 2012 Chevy Cruze! Band parents are selling raffle tickets before the home varsity football games, in front of the stadium, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., and at the Rockford Marching Band Invitational on September 17 from 1 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased at various venues around town where you see the car, or from any band parent. Tickets are $20 apiece, or six for $100. The proceeds from this fundraiser help make the band music programs affordable for all students in grades 6-12. The winning ticket will be drawn during the homecoming game on Friday, October 14.