March­ing bands from Span­ish Fork schools make his­tory

Two groups bring home State ti­tles

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Megan Wall­gren

Two Span­ish Fork area high schools earned State Cham­pi­onship hon­ors at the Red Rock In­vi­ta­tional March­ing Band Com­pe­ti­tion that was held on Novem­ber 3, in St.Ge­orge.

Fifty bands from all over Utah, as well as some sur­round­ing states, came to the Utah Mu­sic Ed­u­ca­tors As­so­ci­a­tion spon­sored com­pe­ti­tion. Bands com­pete in sep­a­rate di­vi­sions based on their size.

Span­ish Fork High School took first place in the 1A Di­vi­sion and Maple Moun­tain placed first in the 2A di­vi­sion. Each school com­peted against 10 other high school bands.

Kris­tine Har­ris, a band par­ent and pub­lic­ity co­or­di­na­tor wrote in a press re­lease, “For the first time ever (that we can find in school his­tory) Span­ish Fork High School took 1st place in the Red Rocks In­vi­ta­tional and Out­stand­ing Cap­tion in Color Guard. Also, in ad­di­tion to these pres­ti­gious awards, the band also claimed the ti­tle of 1A State March­ing Band Cham­pi­ons from the UMEA.”

Har­ris said this year’s show was en­ti­tled “Con­spir­acy The­ory” and fea­tured some well-known “con­spir­a­cies” por­trayed in props and mu­sic se­lec­tion. Span­ish Fork plays un­der the di­rec­tion of Clint Roberts.

“Ev­ery­one is very proud of our tal­ented mu­si­cians and very grate­ful for our fab­u­lous di­rec­tor and all they have ac­com­plished to­gether over the years and es­pe­cially this march­ing sea­son,” Har­ris said.

Maple Moun­tain’s state ti­tle was also the first in school his­tory. Maple Moun­tain’s di­rec­tor, Joshua Hurst said, “Com­ing into Maple Moun­tain High School as a first-year di­rec­tor with brand new staff and more than half the band par­tic­i­pat­ing in march­ing band for the first time was quite a chal­lenge.”

The Maple Moun­tain show

was ti­tled “Un­der Con­struc­tion.” Hurst said, “Our motto for the year was ‘Can we build it? Yes we can!!’

“My goal for my first year was to set a new kind of stan­dard for achiev­ing ex­cel­lence, and to­gether we made his­tory as our name was an­nounced over the speaker as the state cham­pi­ons in 2A for the first time in the school’s his­tory.”

Maple Moun­tain band mem­ber Alex Martinez said of the ex­pe­ri­ence, “This has been one of the best years of my life. March­ing band this sea­son was bet­ter than any other sea­son.

“March­ing band has brought to me a lot of hap­pi­ness, from mak­ing new friends to hav­ing peo­ple I can count on. March­ing band is a place where I can get away from ev­ery­one and ev­ery­thing. I can get away from stress in my life and frus­trat­ing things.

“I would like to thank all the staff and my band fam­ily for all of the years of laugh­ter and fun. I sad­den to leave, but I’m glad that this was the band fam­ily, the staff, and the sea­son I ended on.”

Photo: Belinda Bringhurst

Horns in the Maple Moun­tain March­ing Band.

Photo: Courtesy Kris­tine Har­ris

The Span­ish Fork March­ing Band 1A State Cham­pi­ons

Photo: Courtesy Joshua Hurst

Mem­bers of the Maple Moun­tain High School Band cel­e­brate with a group hug.

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