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EPHS Marching Band Going To State

The Estes Park High School Marching Band, the Pride of Estes Park, will be competing for top honors at the Colorado  Bandmasters Association State Marching Championships on Monday, October 27 at Aurora All District Stadium at Hinkley High School in Aurora. The band qualified through its participation at the CBA Northern Regional Competition on Wednesday, Oct. 15 in Loveland.

The EPHS marching band placed 1st in Class 2A among six bands in the class. In 2nd place was Roosevelt HS, followed by Berthoud HS, Ft. Lupton HS, Erie HS and Valley HS.

Based on regional qualifying scores from around the state, Estes Park is seeded 3rd in Class 2A for the state competition behind Sheridan HS and Delta HS.

The EPHS Band is listed as a Class 2A band after re-alignment of classes in 2002 by the CBA Board. Classes are based on high school enrollments with 2A including schools with enrollments of 351 to 750 students. There are five classes in the CBA system. Estes Park HS is the smallest school in Class 2A with a competitive marching band.

The EPHS Band will perform in preliminary competition at 12:15 p.m. on October 27. Finalist bands for Class 2A will be announced shortly after Estes Park’s performance. Finals competition for Class 1A, 2A and 3A will begin after 5:00 p.m. Finals awards will be announced at approximately 9:00 p.m.

All bands at the CBA competitions are rated on Music Individual Performance, Music Ensemble Performance, Visual Individual Performance, Visual Ensemble Performance, Music General Effect and Visual General Effect.
The band’s competition show is based on the music of Jim Morrison and The Doors. The band starts the show with “Touch Me,”, featuring the drum line, followed by “Light My Fire” featuring trumpet soloists Geoffrey Adams, Chelsea Betts, Jordan Coleson and Colin Golitko. The band closes their performance with “Love Her Madly,” featuring tenor sax soloists Nick Dobos and Dylan Childs. The band is directed on the field by Drum Majors Kerry Thompson and Taylor Ficke.

The marching band and its directors would like to thank all the parents who have helped with creating and moving props and equipment for contests and home performances. In addition, they would also like to thank the EPHS Band Boosters for their generous sponsorship of this year’s production.

The Flag Corps is directed by Monica Grigg. The drum line has received assistance from Ward Durrett and Mike Sherpa. Director of the EPHS Band is Chuck Varilek.

The EPHS Marching Band will perform their competition show at the home football game on Friday, October 24, weather permitting.

The band will also perform the show music and flag corps routines along with the middle school bands at the Indoor Marching Band Concert on Thursday, October 30. The free concert will begin at 7:00 in the high school gym. The Bobcat Band Boosters will also host a Christmas Craft Bazaar before and after the concert.

All proceeds will used to help provide funds for the Estes Park Schools band program.

Comments (1)

  • Kees Hekman Exchange student of 1981

    I am so proud that the band still is doing such a great job. I was lucky to be a bandmember in 1981.(I played Tuba) I was an exchange student from Holland and in 1981 we also made it to the state finals.
    I am now 45 years old and still play in a brassband. Now i’m playing the basstrombone.
    Greeting Kees Hekman from Holland

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