Estes Park High School 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 25 at Stoker Stadium in Grand Junction. The band qualified through its participation at the CBA Northern Regional Competition on Wednesday, Oct. 13 in Loveland.
The EPHS marching band placed 1st in Class 2A among 6 bands in the class. In 2nd place was Roosevelt HS, followed by Berthoud HS, Ft. Lupton HS, Eaton HS and Valley HS. Estes Park had a score of 58.15, easily outpacing 2nd place Roosevelt’s 48.75.
Based on regional qualifying scores from around the state, Estes Park is seeded 1st in Class 2A. Other bands qualified for state competition in the class are Berthoud HS, North Fork Combined HS, D’Evelyn HS, Roosevelt HS, Trinidad HS, Bayfield HS, Englewood HS and Delta HS. Only the top 9 bands in Class 2A are accepted to the state level. After preliminary competition, 5 bands in the class will advance to finals competition.
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. With a high school enrollment in the 380’s, Estes Park HS is the smallest school in Class 2A with a competitive marching band.
The EPHS Band will perform in preliminary competition at 11:15 a.m. on October 25. Finalist bands for Class 2A will be announced at 12:15. Finals competition for Class 1A, 2A and 3A will begin at 5:30 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 the music of Howard Hanson, a critically acclaimed composer for band and orchestra. Music featured in the show includes “Chorale And Alleluia,” “Romantic Symphony” and “Hanson Finale.” The band is directed on the field by Drum Majors Katy Hickey and Cain Bratrud.
The band went a whole direction this year in planning and implementing its competition show. The brand new band uniforms were worn on the marching field, a new drill writer was used and music was more classically based, rather than pop or rock oriented.
Band Director Chuck Varilek stated, “I’ve told the band many times that they have championship level music and championship level marching drill. How far they go with it at contest is up to them.”
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 and the Fine Arts Guild Of The Rockies for their generous sponsorship of this year’s production.
The Flag Corps is directed by Bethany Ingram. The drum line has received assistance from Ward Durrett and Dan Timbrell. Director of the EPHS Band is Chuck Varilek.
The EPHS band will also perform their show music and flag corps routines along with the middle school bands at the Indoor Marching Band Concert on Wednesday, October 27. The free concert will begin at 7:00 in the high school gym.