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11/7/2012 6:02:00 AM
Kingman High School marches into Top 10
HARRY SCHUEREN/Courtesy
Above: From left, Ronin Davis, Katie McPherson and Mitchell Dixon blow  away the competition during the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Associationís State Marching Festival last weekend. The Kingman High School Marching Bandís strong showing earned them a spot among the top 10 marching bands in the state.
HARRY SCHUEREN/Courtesy
Above: From left, Ronin Davis, Katie McPherson and Mitchell Dixon blow away the competition during the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Associationís State Marching Festival last weekend. The Kingman High School Marching Bandís strong showing earned them a spot among the top 10 marching bands in the state.
The Championship
If attending the championship is something you would like to do, KHS's division competes from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Glendale Community College, 4000 W. Olive Ave., Glendale. The KHS Marching Band is scheduled to perform at 3:45 p.m. An awards ceremony will follow at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $7.

Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter


It's hard to top an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl Parade, but the Kingman High School Marching Band may do just that this year, as it has already cracked the top 10 high school bands in the state.

This past weekend, the band performed at the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association's State Marching Festival and absolutely nailed it. The band came away with a Superior with Distinction, the highest rating available. Additionally, the band swept five captions - individual aspects of the band - by outscoring other bands in music performance, visual performance, general effect, color guard and presentation.

"The season's been great," said Michael Schreiber, the school's director of bands. "There's been consistent improvement all year."

Despite not being able to practice outside for a month because of late-summer storms, the students have worked like crazy and made the most of their time, Schreiber said.

In many ways, the success this year doubles down on the band's success last year. This is a testament to the returning students, who were newbies last year, continuing to push the band forward, he said.

"They're hard workers," he said. "They lead by example, and they're really strong."

The 12 seniors who moved on from the band last year were replaced by 12 freshmen this year.

Although they were a little raw and overwhelmed with the band's intensity to start the year, they've fallen into the band's routine and are fitting in nicely, he said.

"We have a high level of expectations," he said.

Those expectations can scare some kids off, but this freshman class hasn't given up, Schreiber said.

As one of the top 10 bands in the state, the KHS Marching Band gets to perform Saturday at the State Marching Band Championship at Glendale Community College.

This is the third time in the four years the Championship has been around that the Kingman band made it in. Last year's band fell short.

"We're just focused on continuing to improve and giving our best effort," Schreiber said. "It's an honor just to be top 10."

Of the 10 bands competing Saturday, all but the KHS Marching Band come from either Phoenix or Tucson. There's a huge disparity in money, travel time and resources when one compares KHS to these other schools, Schreiber said.

"This is a big source of pride in the community," he said.

The Championship isn't the only show the band has scheduled for the week.

It's performing a free, open-to-the-public marching exhibition at 6 p.m. today at KHS, 4182 Bank St.

Those in the community who haven't seen the band perform a complete show and can't make it down south for the championship performance can witness the award-winning, parade-marching band in action.

"It's always a pleasure working with these kids," Schreiber said. "I'd love for people to come out and see them perform."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Kay Sampson

I really enjoy having my daughter involved in the band. It is a tradition now to watch them grow each year. My daughter Abby is center of bottom picture. Go Color Guard! I am so proud of all our KHS Band kids!

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Harris

Good going, KHS.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Tatalovich

My wife and I are so proud of all of all of these kids as well as Mr. Schreiber and his staff.

Having a child in the KHS Marching Band I can't express enough how hard they work and the amount of time and dedication that they put in...combined with their regular school hours and homework it certainly exceeds a 40 to 50 hour work week for your average adult.

Thank you to KHS and KUSD District 20 for making it possible that these kids can learn and prosper from these experiences, and thanks to the citizens of this community who support all of our children in their particular endeavours!

Best of luck in Glendale KHS!!!


Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Gary Taylor

Way to go Kingman High Band, we are so proud of you guys!! YOU ROCK!!!
Your parents are proud of you Wyatt Taylor (Trumpet Player Extraordinaire)


Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Bus Driver

I have had the pleasure of driving the KHS Band to many of their competitions, including last weekends trip. They are a great and very talented bunch of kids. If you can, you should check them out tonight. Best of luck at the Finals!! Kick some A**!!!!!!!

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

No kids in school and I've never heard the band (and won't be able to make it tonite)....but I have to say..this is pretty amazing! Tiny little town band in Northern AZ able to go toe to toe with schools probably 4-5 times our size.

All involved should be very, very proud of this!


Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Connie Davis

I hope people in the community with come out and show their support for these students. They work long hours for months on end, and they deserve to see proud faces watching them tonight. I know I will be there :) Told you that you made me proud, Ronin Davis!

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Oh Really

Congratulations. You all deserve a little public recognition for all the hours of practice and performance you undertake.

Good on you!


Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: G Ma

Way To Go Kingman High . We are very proud of you . Keep up the good work .



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