The sound of music filled Lavell Edwards stadium as marching bands from Utah high schools competed at the 40th annual Rocky Mountain Marching Band Invitational.
The event, hosted by the Brigham Young University Cougar marching band, featured twenty high schools showing off skills they have learned throughout the year.
With sparkling attires and well-polished instruments, students could be seen excited, but also nervous, before entering the big stage.
“A really fun thing about it is just the people. People are so weird in marching bands, and it’s the best. Just being able to perform the music and just becoming one – that’s really cool,” said Claire Hafen, a marching band student from American Fork high school.
This event gives students the opportunity to perform, observe other bands, and get feedback from professional judges.
Many families and friends came to show their support despite the cold. Marching bands are known to require a lot of work, not only musically but also physically. Band members are expected to practice together ten hours every week, but for some this means ten hours of fun.
“I like the rush and just the whole family feel. We’re all like a giant family and you know you can depend on anybody. I love it,” said Alaina Fueller, a participant from Skyridge high school.
American Fork high school brought home first place, followed by Westlake and Skyridge High school.
Participants from American Fork high school, Maddie and Miken, said, “I love it. You can’t describe it.”