Palisade High School's 97-student marching band played their way to third place in the Colorado Bandmasters Association 3A state finals on Monday.

According to Director Jeff Mason, it's the seventh- consecutive year Palisade's marching band has qualified for state, which is itself "an awesome accomplishment."

The band's show was a "Steampunk'd" theme, which blends science-fiction and steam-powered technology — think funky metal gears, chunky goggles and slightly grungy metal.

"We try to maximize every aspect we can in that theme, from color guard costuming to steam punk goggles on all of the hats," Mason said. "We tried to do as many little details as we could to help reinforce what we were trying to do."

Music selections were from "Symphonic Metamorphosis" and were "all very metallic sounding, bright and energetic," Mason said. "I wouldn't say fully machine-like, but a lot of metals."

Drum major Chloe Schrader said the band kicked into high gear after they didn't get the scores they wanted at the Colorado West marching band competition in September.

"It was kind of a wake-up call for a lot of us that we needed to work harder toward the goal we wanted to achieve, and it helped us get into the mindset of going to state," Schrader said.

Schrader said she's proud of the band's performance and their hard work.

"It was an amazing performance and it was really heartfelt. I think we worked really hard this season to achieve our best performance and that's what we achieved at state," she said.

State finals for 4A and 5A marching bands are this weekend.

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