High School Marching Bands Perform at Annual Invitational

High School Marching Bands Perform at Annual Invitational

There was a noisy competition at the annual marching invitational at LaVell Edwards Stadium on BYU campus.

The stadium was lit up like a football game last night, but they weren’t Friday night lights. High schoolers from all over the state came to showcase their talents in musical competition.

To the tap of a snare drum and the hum of a synthesizer, band after band took the field at the Rocky Mountain Marching Invitational. BYU hosts this competition each fall.

The students prepare for this moment for months, and they compete for awards including best percussion performance, color guard and visual performance. But it isn’t all about the competition.

“The smile on their faces says it all,” said Westlake High School student Caasi Smuin.

The performances put some of the students on a musical high.

“I get so into it,” Smuin said. “I feel the music and all the emotion the band is giving me.”

The bands are now getting ready for their final performances and competitions.

The American Fork High School marching band did especially well at the competition, taking first place and winning all four special awards in their 5A category.

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