Kingman High band seeking a place at state

They're hoping for a perfect 10 with a show named '5'

The Kingman High School Marching Band performs at Northern Arizona University Band Day on Oct. 18. The band earned an “Excellent” rating, which allows it to compete this weekend for a spot at the Arizona state band championships.

The Kingman High School Marching Band performs at Northern Arizona University Band Day on Oct. 18. The band earned an “Excellent” rating, which allows it to compete this weekend for a spot at the Arizona state band championships.

KINGMAN - High school football's regular season ends this weekend, but the football teams aren't the only ones trying to extend their seasons.

The Kingman High School marching band is scheduled to compete in the State Marching Band Festival this weekend at Mesquite High School in Gilbert in hopes of making the state championship.

They qualified on Oct. 18 at Northern Arizona University when they scored an overall rating of "Excellent" and won two special captions for music performance and color guard.

This is the 12th consecutive year that the Kingman High School marching band has qualified for state.

"The band did very well," said Michael Schreiber, director of bands at Kingman High School, via email to the Daily Miner. "They have been improving every performance and received a rating of Excellent. The rating qualifies them for the state marching festival."

Bands across the state compete in regional festivals throughout the fall season, performing their shows in front of judges who rate them based on music performance, visual performance, general effect, percussion, and auxiliary (color guard).

From those scores, a final score is calculated and the band is awarded a rating, from lowest to highest: Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent, and Superior.

Bands that received an "Excellent" or "Superior" rating during the season qualify for the State Marching Band Festival. They will compete against other bands in their division, and the top 10 bands from each division move on to the State Championship Competition on Nov. 15, where they will be ranked for a final time.

This year's show from KHS is titled "5," and its concept is as unique as its title.

"'5' is a show based on the number 5. Everything is based off of the number," explained Schreiber. "Each of the pieces in the show have the number 5 in the title (Beethoven's Fifth, Take 5, Hungarian Dance #5) and all of the forms on the field are based on the number 5 (5 lines, 5 podiums, 5-sided shapes).

"The concept for the show came from my daughter, who turns 5 this year. I thought it would be the perfect show."