After producing a successful regular season, the Uintah High School marching band finished sixth-place in the state marching competition.
The Utah Music Educators Association held the annual competition at Dixie State University in St. George on Nov. 3, 2017.
Fifty bands from across Utah and the Mountain West came to compete in separate divisions. Uintah was stacked in the 2A division.
“I thought that we did great,” Uintah High School band director Brian Gibson said. “I thought that we would finish a lot better this year. There were good things about it and disappointing things.”
Maple Mountain won the 2A division crown. Orem finished second, followed by Lehi, Tooele and West Jordan.
Gibson said the band judges score marching band out of 100 points and the top eight groups have been tight all year.
“It has been neck-and-neck all year,” Gibson said.
Uintah went into the state competition ranked No. 3 in the division.
“The fact that we dropped to sixth isn't unheard because it was close,” Gibson said.
At the state competition, judges score off music, ensemble, color guard and percussion. Uintah ended up third in music overall and beat Lehi for a highlight.
“We hadn't beaten Lehi all year in music,” Gibson said. “We felt good about that. I don't know if it was the music selection or that I have a huge group of seniors. They just played a lot better this than they have in the in the past few years.”
Gibson felt UHS improved all across the board this fall.
“I think that what hurt us is that everybody else improved throughout the season,” Gibson said. “It's not like in sports a basket you get points. It's really subjective to what the judges like and how they want to score. It's frustrating because you feel like you did your best performance and your score goes down from the week before. Every week there is a different panel of judges.”
The group performed when the marching band becomes a digital app. The music is from Randall Standgridge. The season was made up of six competitions. During the home football games, the band performed war path, the fight song along with a sideline song with the cheerleaders and the drill team with the song of Hand Clap.
“We all loved the show this year,” Gibson said. “It was a lot of fun to do. A lot times by the end of the season, you are tired of the show. I don't think anybody is tired of this one. From staff to students a like, we all enjoyed. We got a lot of complements from everybody. All over the state people liked it.
Gibson was assisted by Wendy Girot (assistant director, color guard coach, media contact), Erica Laufer (assistant director, percussion technician), David Sullivan (music tech), Victor Pezolla (brass tech), Henry Beal (woodwind tech), Jamie Toftum (visual coordinator).
Spanish Fork won the 1A division and Timpanogos second. Green Canyon won 3A, Bingham took the 4A title and American Fork finished first in 5A.