Throughout the summer and into the fall, high school band members have spent hours practicing. They've learned new music, intricate marching routines, and merged everything into an entertaining and expressive field show.
Each week the bands have added new elements to their halftime shows, building up to this week's Colorado West Invitational marching competition in Grand Junction. Two Delta County bands are scheduled to compete — Cedaredge and Delta. A good performance at this event sets the foundation for a run at the state championship. Cedaredge is the defending Division I champion.
Saturday's event is a day full of marching band pageantry. It begins with parade competition through downtown Grand Junction at 10 a.m. and field competition at Stocker Stadium in the afternoon. Olathe High School will lead off the parade, followed by Cedaredge.
The field competition begins at 12:30 p.m. with the Division I bands. Gunnison is the first to take the field, followed by Olathe at 12:45 p.m. and then the Cedaredge Bruins at 1 p.m. The band is directed by Michael Bowles, and Madison Signs is the field conductor.
In Division II, Delta High School will perform at 1:45 p.m. The Pather Pride marching band finished in fifth place at state last year. This year Delta is directed by Paul Traugott, and Julia Stinson is field conductor.
The rest of the afternoon will feature the larger bands in Division III, IV and V, and will conclude with the University of Northern Colorado marching band. The awards presentation begins at 5 p.m.
Fans will not have to travel a lot this year to watch their favorite band in competiton. Stocker Stadium will also host the regional contest on Thursday, Oct. 17, and the state championships on Monday, Oct. 28.
Stocker Stadium is located at 12th and North Avenue in Grand Junction. Parking is accessed off 12th Street.blog comments powered by Disqus