Marching Band Ends Season at State Competition


Finishing their show, the Duster Marching Band plays one last song.

Amanda Helms, Staff Member

     With the challenges of summer camp and early morning band through October, the HHS marching band again met the many obstacles of the season head on. Led by second year band director, Mr. Halvorson, the Duster  Marching Band performed at football halftimes and four competitions.

     “I feel this season went extremely well because mostly everyone was more positive than last year, and we all had a lot more fun. Overall, it was a great season,” stated Bailey Johnson, a sophomore clarinet player.

     They began their season with many practices, and then headed to UNK Band Day in Kearney where they were given feedback from judges that they would use to improve throughout the remainder of the season. Their first competition took place during Harvest of Harmony in Grand Island, in which over one hundred bands competed. The Duster Marching Band came home with an Excellent rating.

    The season continued with a competition in Scottsbluff, where the band earned an Excellent rating, landing only points away from a Superior rating. In the end, the band attended the NSBA State Marching Competition, where they ultimately came home with an Excellent rating.

     “I felt it went well,” says sophomore french horn player, Logan Holloway, “Even though we didn’t get a Superior, the whole band grew as one.”

     With a long challenging season, band members came away with more than improved marching and playing skills.

    “I was able to become friends with more people and it helped me find a home away from home,” said junior clarinet player Nikki Knoll.