By Mackenzie Thomas
THE Kuna Gold Band and Guard ended their season with an outstanding performance at the Bands of American Western Regional Championship Competition in St. George, Utah.A total of 27 bands from 5 different states were in attendance. There were bands from California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and Idaho. Bands of America is a prestigious competition and the bands that compete are some of the very best from their state. And this year, THE Kuna Gold was privileged to be a part of it.
The band had a great preliminary performance. We knew that this competition was going to be much harder because the quality of the competition was better. We were not necessarily anticipating receiving a trophy. THE Kuna Gold placed 2nd out of 9 bands in our division. We didn’t make the top 10, but we found out later that our overall ranking from prelims was 13th out of 27. Our visual score was 12th place, general effect was 11th, and the visual/general effect combined was 10th.
Zebulon Bellon, director of THE Kuna Gold said of the event and the entire marching season, “This is truly an overwhelming achievement for our band. I am so incredibly grateful for everything you have done this season and everything we have accomplished. Undefeated in Idaho, straight 1st places and sweepstakes, 2nd in class and 13th overall in the Western US. Our band is truly building a reputation of excellence and success, not only in DIII and Idaho, but on a national level. Every time myself and the staff give [you] kids a goal, [you] exceed it. And wow did [you] hit it out of the park! Thank you for everything that you do and congratulations…on a truly incredible season.”
We are very proud of our work this season. Natasja Price, Davis Gibbons, Brandilyn Newton, Kenna Carroll, Jennifer VanPatten, Matt Scharf, Robert Riley, Caleb Neal, Victor Cortez, Trystan Hale, Jeremy Perhac and Alex Compton we are going to miss marching with you.
The band is now preparing to move into their concert season. Be on the lookout for information regarding concerts and other upcoming band events.