On Saturday, the Carbon High Marching Band traveled to Payson High School to perform in the Nebo Tournament of Bands marching band competition. This was the first time the band had performed its field show away from Carbon County and in front of judges. This year’s show is titled “Our Carbon County Home” and includes songs that celebrate Carbon’s railroad and coal mining heritage.
For the first time, the Dinos competed in the 3A classification with “school-size” 3A bands only. In the past, classifications were based on band size. Schools who had a band between 42 and 79 members performed in the 3A classification. Starting this season, the marching band circuit has changed the classification system to match the system used by the Utah High School Athletics Association. This policy change allows bands to compete with schools that have more comparable regional demographics.
The CHS marching band performed early in the day with the threat of bad weather looming. Fortunately, the stormy weather held off and the band performed very well. When awards were announced, Carbon marched away with the Best Percussion Award and finished first place overall in the 3A classification, holding off bands from Delta, Grantsville and Grand County. The win in Payson was the first marching band award since the early 1990s and the first field show competition championship.
Up next for the CHS band is a performance at Helper Middle School on Oct. 9 for the halftime of the HMS/MHMS football game. The band will also perform at halftime of the CHS football game on Oct. 11. Both performances will help the band prepare for the Wasatch Front Marching Band Invitational competition Oct. 12 at Herriman High School.
The CHS band wishes to thank the many volunteers that have helped out all season and its amazing sponsors: Harold and Joyce Cunningham, Bookcliff Sales, Savage and the Southeastern Utah Energy Producers Association.