Pau-Wa-Lu band wins Governor’s Trophy |

Pau-Wa-Lu band wins Governor’s Trophy

Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School's band participates in the Nevada Day parade in Carson City on Saturday.
Shannon Litz | The Record-Courier

Despite a rocky start, the Douglas High School Fighting Tiger Band wraps up a successful season on Saturday when it takes the field at Mackay Stadium to compete in the University of Nevada, Reno, Sierra Band Crusade.

Interim Band Director Tammy Owens said it will be the last time she works with the marching band before she turns the band over to director Allison Smith, who was named the new band director in October.

Owens directed the Pau-Wa-Lu Marching Band to the first Governor’s Trophy ever to be won by a middle school last weekend. The Nevada Day Committee will present the trophy to the band today at the school.

“We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated music teacher at Pau-Wa-Lu,” said Principal Keith Lewis.

The day before, Owens said, the Tigers brought home a big win from a competition at Spanish Springs.

“Douglas High took first place in our division, first place for music and first place for visual effects at Spanish Springs,” she said.

That’s the second major win for the Tigers this season after taking first place overall at the McQueen High School Extravaganza for marching bands, in addition to first place for brass, first place for woodwinds, and first place for guard-pageantry.

Owens, a 28-year veteran music teacher, took over direction of the high school marching band, while continuing her work with the Pau-Wa-Lu band.

Fortunately, she had a motivated group of students to work with at the high school, who started marching practice on their own in the week after longtime director Bill Zabelsky’s departure to direct rival Carson High School.

Students volunteered for eight-hour practices to try and make up the time lost in those early days in August.