Kelly Walsh High School Marching Band receives superior rating for 10th year in a row

Published: Oct. 30, 2019 at 7:11 PM CDT
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For 10 straight years, the Kelly Walsh High School Marching Band has received a superior rating at the Wyoming State Marching Band Festival.

Performing alongside 20 other schools across the state, the “Trojan Marching Band” proved they are still at the top of their game.

“I knew that there was a standard of excellence before I got here. I just tried to keep the mark high and the kids do as well. The kids drive that standard as much as I do,” Brent Rose, Kelly Walsh High School head director of bands, said.

The marching band also added five caption awards on top of their superior rating. The caption awards were given to brass, color guard, marching, music and woodwinds.

Caption awards are given when certain groups in the marching band receive a 90 percent rating or above from the judges. There were two music judges, two marching judges, a percussion judge and a color guard judge.

Rose enjoys being able to see his students learn and grow throughout the season.

“Every time they played it got better, tighter, louder and stronger. It’s neat to see them set that goal and try to achieve it, then peak at the right time,” Rose said.

Rose wishes the marching band season could last longer, but admits the Wyoming weather usually gets in the way.