The Payson High School Marching Band rallied from an early-season setback this weekend at the Ironwood Ridge Invitational in Tucson and scored enough points to march in the State Marching Band Festival on Nov. 2.
If the band ranks in the Top 10 at that event, it will qualify for the State Marching Band Championships on Nov. 16.
Band Director Sergio Beraun had definite ideas how the band improved.
“Overall, the music improved the most, but everything improved greatly,” said Beraun.
Because of their points, the band received an “Excellent” rating. Only three other bands in its division received that honor.
Band members learned they would head to the state festival after judges announced the awards late in the evening. Beraun quietly made an understated announcement as they waited on the bus to return to Payson.
“We made state,” was all he said.
Immediately, the students erupted into cheering that lasted three minutes, reported band supporters.
Qualifying to perform in the state festival is a significant honor, say band members.
The band scored 60 points for its visual and musical performance, general effects, percussion and auxiliary.
This year’s performance is entitled, “The Forge.” The Ironwood Ridge Invitational is the first time the audience and band members got to see a new sign made with the name of the show.
Beraun said the next performance for the band will be at Northern Arizona University, on Saturday, Oct. 26.