Excellent! KHS, LWHS marching bands earn coveted rating

Kingman Bands Compete in Flagstaff

The Lee Williams High marching band performs at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff on Saturday.

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The Lee Williams High marching band performs at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff on Saturday.

FLAGSTAFF – The Northern Arizona University Band Day in Flagstaff on Saturday was the final opportunity for the Lee Williams High Volunteers and Kingman High Bulldog marching bands to qualify for the season finale, the Arizona Marching Band Competition.

NAU Band Day drew competing bands from throughout the state as well as New Mexico. Both Kingman bands performed for a rating of “Excellent” and have now qualified to move on to the state competition this coming weekend.

This year’s theme for LWHS was Fantasmic! – an arrangement of Disney music. The year’s theme for KHS was a collection of Beatles’ songs.

For LWHS, this was the first year for performing in the more competitive D3 division, as well as the first year for a new band director, Gregory Chenoweth.

Along with the assistance of Cardo Diaz, Christine Severin, and the color guard leadership of Janelle Ondrejka, LWHS Volunteers have set a new bar for the young band.

Michael Schreiber, KHS band director, and Nicole Elliott, KHS color guard choreographer, continue to lead the Bulldogs to outstanding performances in the D3 Division, as well.

The next opportunity to see both bands perform, as well as Mohave and Lake Havasu high schools, is Wednesday. The exhibition will take place at Kingman High School from 5 to 5:30 p.m.

There is no fee for admission.