The Cedaredge High School marching band not only earned its third consecutive state title, it received the highest score ever with a 66.75. Band director Michael Bowles says the band also won awards for top music, top visual and top general effect. In other words, the Bruins won every scored category at the contest held Oct. 28 in Grand Junction.
The band is comprised of 28 students.
"Marching band is a unique activity," Bowles said. "There is no bench. There is no JV, there is no backup. Every student plays and every student competes. If you sign up, you're in. It really takes every student to be at their best. I'm very proud of this band. They have made history in Cedaredge."
The 2013 show was called "Escalante" and was originally written by Kirk Vogel.
"This was the most visually and musically difficult show we have produced," Bowles said. "The students worked incredibly hard to achieve this goal."
The band is fairly young, Bowles said, with a 50/50 mix of beginning marchers and returning members. "The new members had a huge learning curve and really stepped up," Bowles said. "In my opinion this is the best band Cedaredge has had since I have been director."
Cedaredge's success has established "a whole new standard" for Class 1A, Bowles said. "Everyone has raised their game with the championship in their sights."blog comments powered by Disqus