Tiger band hosts five-school field show
Music is just the ticket on a lovely fall day.
The stands were filled to capacity and the sunshine glowed as the first Douglas High School “Best of the West” Field Show Competition was held at the Keith (Duke) Roman Field on Saturday.
More than 500 music students and their parents, friends and supporters turned out for the event. Five high school marching bands competed and the Douglas High School Fighting Tiger Marching band performed.
Douglas band director Bill Zabelsky reported that DHS band members’ parents have been saying for years – especially last year after a couple of competitions were cancelled – that DHS should host a field show competition.
This was the first in what they and Zabelsky hope is an annual tradition.
“The band directors told me they would be back next year and, hopefully, we’ll have more bands,” Zabelsky said.
Many people in the stands who had never been to a field show were amazed at the quality of the music and marching, Zabelsky added.
The bands competed in two divisions, orange (smaller high schools) and black (larger high schools.
Sparks High School took first place in the orange division, with Spring Creek High School second. In the black division, first was McQueen HIgh School of Reno, second was Hug, also of Reno, and third was Churchill County High school from Fallon.
In an unusual turn, said Zabelsky, McQueen took first in all of the overall caption awards – drum major, flags, percussion, brass and woodwinds- and also took home the showmanship, music and marching sweepstakes awards plus the grand sweepstakes award. Second place all of the caption awards was Hug.
The band judges told Zabelsky that Douglas, if it had been judged, would have taken first. As the host, however, the Tiger band did not compete.
The bands performed for 20 minutes each, five minutes longer than is usual at a field show. The 15-minute show is similar to that of a half-time show for a football game, Zabelsky said.
The DHS Band Boosters planned the field show. Marti Deputy, vice president of the Boosters, was overall chairman and collected trophies. The support i the community was such that there were more sponsors than trophies. Joni Neal was in charge of the programs.
Competition announcer was Ken Carr; in charge of concessions was Laura Jeanne Hammer; hospitality, Marla Whitaker; publicity, Carol Speck; and stadium facilities, Felicia and Wayne Archer.
Booster officers also include President Brian Patrick, treasurer Hank Lucas and secretary Apryl Lucas.
The boosters and Zabelsky had hoped to break even with the field show, but he said they made a profit – though he doesn’t know how much just yet – and proceeds will be used for expenses for the band to take part in the Fairfield Tournament of Champions Nov. 21.
The band is also still raising funds to purchase new sousaphones.
the band staff DHS band staff includes Zabelsky, Cheryl McNulty, colorguard, and Marla Whitaker, uniforms; the middle school band staff includes Michele Baumann, Pa-Wa-Lu Middle School and Jim Burnett, Carson Valley Middle School.
For information about the band, call Zabelsky at Douglas High School, 782-5136.
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