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Buffalo marching band records state show in front of student body

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As a final conclusion to the season, Buffalo High School recorded their state performance of the show “Conspiracy Theory” on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in front of parents and the entire high school student body. Normally the band would travel to Casper for a live performance in front of nearly 20 bands from around the state. Because of COVID-19 concerns, this live performance wasn’t an option this year and led to this recorded performance option. The band is expected to receive results back on Saturday, Oct. 17 and is hoping to obtain their 14th straight superior rating - the highest available rating. 

Makenna Lambert screams in excitement

Buffalo High School’s drum major Makenna Lambert screams in excitement the moment the band was released from attention on Tuesday. Lambert was one of two different drum majors for the band.

Color guard flags flap loosely in the wind as the band stands at attention

Color guard flags flap loosely in the wind as the band stands at attention on the edge of the field after the performance on Tuesday. The drum majors marched off in the middle of the color guard.

Buffalo High School’s students walk down from the school to the football field

Buffalo High School’s students walk down from the school to the football field to watch the marching band perform on Tuesday. The students were invited since the recording was moved from after school Wednesday to during school Tuesday.

Parents spread out along the stands to watch the final marching band performance

Parents spread out along the stands to watch the final marching band performance of the year on Tuesday. The show was moved to Tuesday to hopefully avoid the worse weather coming on Wednesday.

Massimo Haas lifts his toe up as me moves forward in large strides

Buffalo High School’s Massimo Haas lifts his toe up as me moves forward in large strides on Tuesday. Massimo was one of the two soloists in the second movement which satirically depicts the “song and dance” spun by the government.

Abigail Marquart lunges to her right during the performance

Buffalo High School’s Abigail Marquart lunges to her right during the performance on Tuesday. The musicians leaned in one direction, stood up and then leaned the other direction in coordination with the music.

Buffalo High School’s two sousaphones pose together for a photo after their performance

Buffalo High School’s two sousaphones pose together for a photo after their performance on Tuesday. Photos were taken by family and community members before and after the show.

Lilian Cortes Bobbitt steps forward in the second half of the performance

Buffalo High School’s Lilian Cortes Bobbitt steps forward in the second half of the performance on Tuesday. The show was video and audio recorded so as to be submitted for judging at the state level since an in person performance was impossible this year due to COVID-19.

Matthew Harrison, left, and Matthew Schlichting line up with the trumpets

Buffalo High School’s Matthew Harrison, left, and Matthew Schlichting line up with the trumpets during the final movement on Tuesday.

Nadeen Dunham peaks around the group

Buffalo High School’s color guard member Nadeen Dunham peaks around the group to see band director Jason Bennett on Tuesday. The band marched off the field and lined up near the end zone before being released from attention.

The band and color guard are reflected in the bells

The band and color guard are reflected in the bells of the sousaphones after the conclusion of the performance on Tuesday. The show includes four movements that explore the world of conspiracy.

Kaitren Blaney performs her solo in the third movement

Buffalo High School’s Kaitren Blaney performs her solo in the third movement on Tuesday. The band is hoping to earn their 14th consecutive Superior rating with this year’s performance, the highest rating available.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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