Band brings home a win at first competition


Chris Cormack

Marching Tigers perform in competition in Farmington.

The OHS marching tigers attended their first full-band competition of the season at the 20th annual Farmington Marching Invitational on Sept. 16- and the band was more than pleased with the results.

The band nearly swept the competition, winning first place in their division as well as earning three caption awards.

“I was very proud of my section and the band as a whole,” said pit section leader Brooke Frost (11) on hearing the results. “I think we worked really hard to deserve first place.”

Leading up to the anticipated competition, the band worked extra hard at each day’s rehearsal. The morning of the competition, they had a three-hour rehearsal at OHS before leaving for Farmington.

“We worked a lot harder this week than we did last year before our first competition,” clarinet player Kayla Cormack (10) said.

OHS was one of the 19 bands participating at the competition at Farmington High School. The band performed the first two parts of their show titled “Up, Up, and Away.”

“I thought it was a good run,” said assistant director Theron Perkowski. “From beginning to end, it was one of the best runs of that portion of the show that we’ve done.”

The band earned first place out of the five bands in the AAA division with a score of 76.80. In addition, they received the awards for Outstanding Music, Outstanding Visual, and Outstanding Color Guard for their division. With an incredible first competition, the band hopes this will lead to a successful remainder of the season.

“I think it will lead to more motivation,” said Frost. “I see that we will move forward in a positive attitude, like, ‘Hey, we can do this, we are a great band,’ and move forward and be successful.”

The band will compete in their next competition on Sept. 23 at the Lafayette Contest of Champions.