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Riverton marching band state runner-up

Nov 8, 2013 - From staff reports

Lander Valley High School earned a rating of II, or Excellent, at the competition.

Riverton High School musicians again earned elite honors at the annual Wyoming State Marching Band Festival. The RHS Marching Wolverines finished second in the Class 4-A division in festival judging, trailing only Cheyenne South High School by a small margin.

Ten class 4-A bands completed, and Riverton was one of five to earn an overall band rating of I, or Superior, joining Cheyenne South, Cheyenne Central and Casper Kelly Walsh.

The festival results are refined further by the awarding of so-called "caption" awards recognizing individual components of the band and its presentation. Cheyenne South received three caption awards, while Riverton earned two. No other Class 4-A band earned more than one caption award.

Riverton's two caption awards were for band auxiliary, meaning the color guard and flag line, and for drum major.

Other possible caption awards are for general impression, woodwind, brass and percussion.

Cheyenne South had captions for general impression, brass, and percussion to edge the Riverton band.

Riverton was the only band to get caption recognition for its auxiliary flag line.

The RHS group, under the overall direction of RHS director of bands Aric Hageman, has been a perennial state contender ever since resuming competition in the state festival in 2008 after several years of not competing. In the six years since it has rejoined the state festival, RHS has finished no worse than third and has the equivalent of a state championship in 2011 in the only Wyoming High School Activities Association-sanctioned event for marching band.

This year's RHS Marching Wolverines show was built on music from the movie "Drumline."

Among the remaining class 4-A bands, Cheyenne East, Evanston, Green River and Rock Springs earned ratings of II, or Excellent, while Laramie got a rating of III. Both Cheyenne Central and Cheyenne East got one caption award.

Among the Class 3-A bands, Lander Valley High School was given a rating of II and was recognized with a caption award for drum major. Buffalo was the Class 3-A champion, earning a rating of I with two caption awards. Star Valley was the other 3-A band to earn a Superior rating. Other 3-A bands in the competition were Cody Douglas and Worland. Pinedale completed as a Class 2-A band.

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