High schools from across the state, including some from Mesa, are competing in the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association State Marching Band Championships tomorrow, Nov. 18, at Sun Devil Stadium.
A marching band competing this weekend is Mesa High School, which also recently won the Arizona Marching Band Association 3A Division for third year in a row.
Along with Mesa, Red Mountain, Mountain View and Skyline round out the Mesa high schools that will be competing tomorrow.
“I carefully choose something I feel like the students are going to grow from,” said Robert Brooks, Mesa High School band director, of the show theme. “They’re going to spend a lot of time working on this show and I want it to be something positive for them to think about.”
This year, Mesa High School marching band’s show is titled “Unbroken.”
“Basically, it’s about how in life things happen to us and through perseverance we can become stronger…it’s about overcoming difficulties in the mortal experience,” Brooks said, adding that the theme is visually represented as a living soul, which is a green line and it becomes broken. At the end of the show, Brooks said they try to visually represent being put back together through tarps that are painted and put together to form a human face.
Jennifer Hamilton, band director at Red Mountain High School, said the band’s performance this weekend includes a few classical pieces of music such as “Over the Rainbow.” She said the show takes the audience through a sequence of colors represented in tarps coordinated with the music.
“I think in this case it explores a wide variety of moods and colors and emotions,” Hamilton said.
In addition, Hamilton said the color guard instructor coordinated with her on costumes to ensure the presentation and appearance was cohesive with the theme of the show.
In terms of the championship this weekend, the Red Mountain band director said she hopes the students have the best show they’ve had yet.
“I’m really proud of how far these kids have come this year…I’m impressed with how much they’ve been able to improve and progress, and I’m really proud to be here.”
The ABODA State Marching Band Championships are Saturday, Nov. 18 at Arizona State University, Sun Devil Stadium, East Veteran’s Way in Tempe.
To learn more about ABODA, visit: aboda.org.
– Mesa resident Alyssa Tufts is a freelance writer for MyNewsMesa.com.