Any way you slice it, it’s an honor for a marching band to compete at the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association State Marching Championship.

In the Pride of Payson Marching Band’s division, they had to beat out more than 40 bands to strut their stuff on the field, as only eight bands per division compete. In Payson’s Division IV the Pride ended up competing against, Chaparral, Kingman, Tempe, Saguaro, Casteel, Marcos de Niza and Fountain Hills high schools. Band parent Tammy Helmer attended the competition along with other parents. She said although they placed last in the division, they put on a great show. “All the parents that help set up on the field felt they sounded great,” said Helmer.

Those who would like to help the band raise money for uniform and instrument maintenance, competition fees, travel expenses and music will have an opportunity at the $10 Band Fundraising Dinner at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway. For information, call Payson High School at 928-474-2233.

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