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M-PHS band tries field marching
Marysville-Pilchuck High School Band Director John Rants is pleased to announce that Marysville Marching Tomahawks placed third in its division in its inaugural event in competitive field marching.
They did well at the Tumwater Marching Band Competition, Saturday, Oct. 14, Rants said.
The M-PHS Music Department has received numerous awards and accolades in its history for marching in parades as well as in jazz and concert performances. Last year, the marching band won first place in its division in the Bellingham Ski-to-Sea Parade and second place in the Port Townsend Rhododendron Festival Parade. In 2004, they won a first-place trophy in the Victoria Island Farms Day Parade. The drum majors placed second.
Field marching is like half-time shows at football games, Rants said adding that 10 schools competed in Tumwater. The band will compete against 24 schools at the Everett Puget Sound Festival of Bands coming up Oct. 28. They are scheduled to march in the Auburn Veterans Parade on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
The marching band and its color guard are just two of several subgroups of the high school band, along with a wind ensemble and jazz ensembles. Aspiring jazz musicians gather mornings before classes and the marching band meets at night, August through November. All band members are required to be a part of the marching band. The jazz group is optional, said Rants, who is in his third year at M-PHS, after transferring from Lakewood High School.
The musicians and their parents are already planning for next springs trip to the All-American Music Festival in Orlando, Fla.
The band boosters are planning a fundraiser for that a craft show Saturday, Nov. 4, at Cedarcrest Middle School, Rants said. All 110 band members and their parents are members of the band boosters.
Last year they bought us a cargo trailer for hauling around our equipment, Rants said. Ive been working on my wish list for this year.
Rants also said that individual members of the schools bands have some announcements to make:
Clarinetist Christian Volkman was accepted into the Cascade Junior Symphony.
Shelby Mundt auditioned on flute and was accepted into the Everett Junior Symphony.
Sophomore Nick Young, on tuba, and junior Sarah Welliver, on flute, were recently accepted into the Western International Band Clinic Honor Bands which will perform in
Seatac on Nov. 17-20 and will compete at the Western Music Educators Association all-state competition in Portland come February.
Seven band members have applied for the All Northwest Honor Band.
For more information see the Web site at mpbands.net.