Ryan Austin, Assistant Spotlight Editor • September 13, 2019
The Jags’ 130-member strong marching band took on the Kansas State Fair once again September 10.
The band travelled to Hutchinson and competed against dozens of other marching bands from across the state, who performed at various times Monday through Friday.
“We try to get many opportunities for our students to perform and compete,” Chief Band Director Bryan Kirk said. “The State Fair is one of those opportunities that comes around every fall.”
Many students enjoy the competition, as they are allotted some free time on the fairgrounds after they play in front of the judges.
“I enjoy spending time at the fair,” drumline member Brett Schoenhofer said. “The food, exhibits, and rides all provide a great time for everyone that attends.”
Other students simply enjoy the time away from school to spend with friends.
“Hanging out with friends at the fair is always a great time,” flute player Samira Vincent said.
The band performed well, receiving an overall “I” rating, the highest attainable.
“We are proud of the work they did,” Kirk said. “They not only performed the two songs, but they also did a new parade marching route this year.”
The marching route was added in replacement of the parade in downtown Hutchinson that took place in previous years. The route took the band through the various areas of the fairgrounds, giving them the opportunity to show off to more fairgoers.
“It was exciting getting to perform for many more people than before,” Schoenhofer said. “Parade marching is a different challenge that is fun to take on.”
The band put on a performance they can be proud of and that encouraged many members for the rest of the season and beyond.
“I’m excited to go back next year,” Schoenhofer said.