After a late night packing up the vans from their last halftime performance at Friday night’s football game and an early morning start down the hill, the Payson Marching Band received high marks at the Agua Fria band competition in Avondale.
The band won its second “excellent” rating, with an overall score of 68 — an improvement over the previous high mark of 60 in the round of tournaments that determines which bands will wind up on the equivalent of playoffs.
The band in Agua Fria on Saturday also received caption awards in musical and visual performance and general affect. Caption awards mean the band received the most points in those areas compared to other bands in their division.
The theme of this year’s band performance is “Apocolyptica,” the story of the end of the world, how it devolves and rises again.
As it happens, believers in doomsday scenarios spun off of the Mayan calendar say that 2012 will usher in the end of the world.
This weekend, the band will compete against 27 other Division III bands that received an “excellent” in at least one competition. The Longhorns have received two excellents. If the band scores in the top 10 this weekend, it moves on to compete in the state championships the following weekend. Last year, the band placed sixth statewide in its division, which is for bands with fewer than 60 members.