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Kamiak Show Band comes out on top in recent competitions


Last updated 11/20/2019 at 1:14pm

Kamiak students in Show Band finished in first place at the Puget Sound Festival of Bands Oct. 26. Left to right: Bella Hanses, color guard captain; Nikki Faller, drum major; Riley McManus, head drum major; Logan Ames, drum major; Ana Sierra, color guard captain.

The Kamiak Show Band wrapped up its 2019 competitive season with a third-place finish at the NWAPA Championships Nov. 2.

The band competed against 30 other groups from Washington and Oregon at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. This year's show, "No Strings Attached," earned a score of 87.25, the highest Kamiak has ever been awarded at the championship competition.

"'No Strings Attached' tells the story of a marionette after its performance had concluded, as it dreamt of one day being free from the limits of its strings," drum major Logan Ames said.

Ames, 16, is a junior at Kamiak. He said the production featured wind players, a color guard, and percussion.

The previous weekend, the band competed at the Puget Sound Festival of Bands at Everett Memorial Stadium. They took first place in the AAA competition and in the finals competition, where they were named the Sweepstakes Winner. The group was also awarded for high music, high visual effect, and high percussion at the Oct. 26 festival.

"We were very successful this year and took first place out of 14 other competing bands," Ames said. "It was a really special opportunity for everyone to get to perform close to home, as well as see all of our hard work pay off after months of preparation."

The Kamiak Show Band is a group of over 100 students who work together to learn and perform a seven-minute field show, Ames said. The group performs at Kamiak football games, in addition to several competitions throughout season against other bands from all over the state.

The Show Band season begins over the summer with three weeks of 12-hour rehearsal days, otherwise known as "band camp." When school starts in the fall, the group continues to practice twice a week and on some weekends until the end of the season.

"It takes a lot of time and dedication, but it's always so rewarding to see the group improve as a whole as the show continues to take shape," Ames said. "The Show Band is made up of students of all different skill levels, including those who are totally new to the activity, so it's really amazing to watch individuals grow as performers over the course of the season."

Color Guard captain Ana Sierra, 17, originally joined the program to play clarinet. When she first saw the group perform, it was the color guard that immediately grabbed her attention.

“Being with the color guard is one of my favorite things ever,” Sierra said. “This is why I’ve stuck around for so long. I love the people I get to perform with. I also love the feeling of putting all this work into something so special and then being able to perform it.


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