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Marching Red Hawks place seventh at State Finals

Marching Red Hawks place seventh at State Finals


Pictured are 2010 field commanders Kaitlyn Caron, Emily Marckini and Chris Blair.

For the second year in a row, the Cedar Springs High School Marching Band has proven they are one of the top bands in the state. Last Saturday, November 6, the band took seventh in their flight at the state finals of the Michigan Competing Band Association, at Ford Field, up two places from last year.

The 110-member band started practicing last summer, and has been competing with their show, “Celtic Celebration,” since September, under the direction of Adam Borst and Assistant Director Ryan Shaw.

This year the band suffered a tremendous loss in June. Senior Audra Brownell died while on a mission trip in Colorado. Audra would have been the flute section leader.

The band performed a special on field warm-up before each performance in her memory. The song In Solis Christos was specially arranged for the band to honor Audra.

The band competed at the Rockford Invitational, Cedar Springs Invitational, Jenison Invitational and at the Lakeshore Invitational hosted by Reeths-Puffer High School.  The band also performed in exhibition at the Red Flannel Marching Band Invitational, which they hosted on Red Flannel weekend. Each competition allowed the band to work on their marching and to improve their musical performance.

The band went into the state finals seeded in ninth place in their flight. Their placing was determined by averaging their two highest scores from MCBA competitions. Their average score before the finals was 71.44. The band performed an incredible routine at Ford Field. “That was the best that I have ever seen it performed,” said Director Adam Borst.  The band was rewarded with a final score of 74.43. This put them in seventh place in their flight.

The Cedar Springs High School Marching Band had an amazing season. They continue to represent Cedar Springs well and have maintained a long tradition of excellence in musical performance. The band looks forward to a busy concert season and on to next year’s marching show.

The Cedar Springs High School Marching band would like to thank the community, the school administration and the boosters for all of their support.

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