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Colorado West Marching Band Festival winners

• Outstanding inspection honors: Grand Junction, Montrose and Central high schools

• First place parade, Paonia

• First place parade, Class I: Hotchkiss; Class III: Palisade; Class IV: Montezuma-Cortez; Class V: Fruita Monument

• Outstanding field conductor honors: Palisade, Grand Junction, Fruita Monument

• Outstanding auxiliary, Classes I-III: Delta; Classes IV and V: Montezuma-Cortez, Central

• Outstanding percussion, Classes I-III: Delta; Classes IV and V: Grand Junction

• First place, field show, Class I: Cedaredge; Class III: Palisade;  Class IV: Montezuma-Cortez; Class V: Fruita Monument

• Sweepstakes: Montezuma-Cortez; Fruita Monument

Local high school bands fared well in the Colorado West Marching Band Festival this past weekend.

The competition included schools from throughout western Colorado that competed for spots in the state finals.

Jeff Mason, director of band at Palisade High School, said his students did well — they won three awards — but still had a number of things to perfect before state.

He explained that band students spend a great deal of time practicing their shows both on and off the field.

“One week of work equals one minute of show on the field,” he said.

The band members at Palisade High started with 12-hour practices at their band camp in August.

“Performing music is one thing but adding movement and artistic qualities make it really great,” Mason said.

He said the combination of music, dance, and audience reaction makes band performance an intense emotional experience for students.

“I think music in general is great for kids but field competition is a unique feeling,” he said


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