KINGMAN - The Kingman High School Marching Band will be hosting its Sixth Annual Marching Band Exhibition at 5 p.m. today at Kingman High School, 4182 Bank St.
This year's exhibition brings bands from around Mohave County, including the Lake Havasu High School Band of Knights, the Lee Williams High School Volunteer Marching Band, the Mohave High School Thunder Band and the Kingman High School Bulldog Marching Band.
The event serves as one last public performance of this year's shows before the bands compete at the State Marching Festival.
Admission is free and open to the public.
"This year we have the pleasure of welcoming a few more bands to join the party," said Michael Schreiber, director of bands at Kingman High School, in a statement. "There are some amazing things happening in the marching arts in Kingman and the surrounding areas. Please come out, hear some great music, and come support the bands."
Lee Williams High School
The Lee Williams High School Volunteer Marching Band will perform "The Sound of Simon," which consists of music by Paul Simon. This is the second year the marching band has put on a halftime show, and the band will go to state this weekend.
"We won bronze in our class at Northern Arizona University, and that helped us qualify for state," said Will Gillespie, director of bands at Lee Williams. "I'm proud of them."
The band competes in the unranked "Festival" class, which is "a little less chaotic as far as judges," according to Gillespie. If the band decides to compete in ranked competition, they have enough members to compete as a Division II band.
Mohave High School
The Mohave High School Thunder Band's show this year is "Spy Games," and while the band did not qualify for the state festival, they were very close.
"We were just 2½ points from qualifying for state this year," said Michelle Ribelin, director of bands at Mohave High School. "We will not be attending the state festival this year, but we do have big plans for next year already."
The band received three ratings of "Good" this season.
Lake Havasu High School
The Lake Havasu High School Band of Knights will be performing a show entitled "Desert Winds," and is under direction of Kimberly Schreiber.
Schreiber said the band qualified for state competition at the Mile High Festival at Prescott High School earlier this season, receiving a Bronze rating.
The Knights compete in the festival class, along with Lee Williams High School.
Kingman High School
The Kingman High School Bulldog Marching Band will be performing "Fire and Ice," a musical selection inspired by the Robert Frost poem of the same name.
"The poem discusses the end of the world, likening the elemental force of fire with the emotion of desire, and ice with hate," said Michael Schreiber.
The Bulldogs compete in Division III and qualified for state this year with a rating of Excellent at Northern Arizona University's Band Day.
The band also placed third at the Goldwater Marching Invitational.
"We have a great show this year and a great group of kids. This is a testament to the character of the kids we have in Kingman," said Schreiber.
"We are the smallest we've ever been this year and are competing a higher division up with groups twice our size. Despite that, the kids have worked hard and have proven that they can be competitive with these larger groups from Phoenix."
Kingman will play Saturday at McClintock High School in Tempe. Lee Williams will play Saturday at Dobson High School in Mesa.