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BHS Marching Band Snags Superior once again

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Olivia Rhoads stands in the middle of the BHS instrument pile as other bands pass by during an intermission

Buffalo High School’s Olivia Rhoads stands in the middle of the BHS instrument pile as other bands pass by during an intermission on Saturday evening at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. During intermissions students were able to go and get food or use the bathroom so that they could return to watch the other bands when the shows started again.

The Buffalo High School marching band traveled to Casper once again this year to perform in the Wyoming state marching band festival on Saturday, Oct. 16 in the Ford Wyoming Center. After having to perform remotely last year, this was the first state festival in person for both the freshmen and sophomore band members. The group performed their show "Pyramids of Egypt" and received a Superior Award for the 15th year in a row. 

Makenna Lambert joins the band in watching another show

Buffalo High School senior drum major Makenna Lambert joins the band in watching another show on Saturday evening at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. The drum majors were responsible for calling the bands to attention when they stood at the start and finish of every show.

Logan Jordahl warms up his reed as he and the rest of the band

Logan Jordahl warms up his reed as he and the rest of the band begin preparing their instruments for the final state performance on Saturday evening at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper.

Anna Gross adjusts Olivia Rhoads’ hair as the group starts getting ready

Anna Gross adjusts Olivia Rhoads’ hair as the group starts getting ready for warmups on Saturday in the Ford Wyoming Events Center. Each band stored their instruments and other equipment outside of their seating area in the hallway and warmed up outside before taking the floor.

Members of the percussion section return with cymbals

Members of the percussion section return with cymbals to Buffalo’s staging area on Saturday evening1 at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. The instruments were stored throughout the day while students watched from the stands so as to prevent unnecessary damage or accidental noise.

Buffalo High School senior drum major Makenna Lambert

Buffalo High School senior drum major Makenna Lambert watches a performance from a hallway entry while the rest of the BHS marching band started getting ready in the hallway on Saturday evening at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. Lambert was joined shortly after by several band members to watch the last show they would see before leaving to warm up.

Madison Billings plays along to scale exercises as the band warms up

Buffalo High School mellophone player Madison Billings plays along to scale exercises as the band warms up outside on Saturday evening at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. The bands first went outside in a back parking lot to begin warmups and get focused for their show before returning inside.

Riley Tomich laughs with the drum line as she helps lead the band

Buffalo High School senior drum major Riley Tomich laughs with the drum line as she helps lead the band in warmups on Saturday evening at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. The band started warm ups as a group and then shifted eventually to sectionals.

the sun was was setting and the moon rising over Casper

Scheduled as one of the last bands to perform in the Festival, the sun was was setting and the moon rising over Casper as the BHS band warmed up outside on Saturday evening at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. The cool air outside got everyone jumping and moving around before returning to the heat inside.

The BHS drum majors conducted the warmups

The BHS drum majors conducted the warmups, bringing in specific sections at a time in this exercise on Saturday evening.

Joseph Monney waves the cymbals around his wrists

Buffalo High School percussionist Joseph Monney waves the cymbals around his wrists as the band relaxed between warmup sessions on Saturday evening.

Once the band moved inside, the sections split into smaller groups to do their pre-show preparations

Once the band moved inside, the sections split into smaller groups to do their pre-show preparations on Saturday evening at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. Some sections play a game, others sit together on the floor and talk, others yet just hang out and wait.

Madison Bartlett joins hands with the rest of the guard

Buffalo High School senior color guard member Madison Bartlett joins hands with the rest of the guard as they circled up before the show on Saturday evening at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper.

The senior marching band members gathered together for a picture

The senior marching band members gathered together for a picture and for a circled up conversation about the year and the season on Saturday evening.

Riley Tomich, left, and Makenna Lambert laugh

Senior drum majors Riley Tomich, left, and Makenna Lambert laugh with other members of the band as they take a break between warm-ups and the show on Saturday evening at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper.

The marching band took their hats off for the final rehearsal

The marching band took their hats off for the final rehearsal in the music room on Saturday evening at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. Everyone except the tubas wore this style of hat, the tuba players opting for a smaller hat that wouldn’t catch on their instruments.

the color guard rehearsed the matching movements

While the band played through a few sections of their performance in the warm-up room, the color guard rehearsed the matching movements on Saturday in the Ford Wyoming Events Center. They used a number of different flags throughout the performance ranging from white to purple and yellow stripes.

Sophie Berglund performs a number of flips and jumps

Buffalo High School color guard member Sophie Berglund performs a number of flips and jumps as she tumbles across the floor at the beginning of the show on Saturday evening at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. Berglund joined the drum line, the color guard, and the drum majors in taking the floor first ahead of the band.

Trumpet soloist Gabriel Cahhal-Laudert, right, joins the brass section

Trumpet soloist Gabriel Cahhal-Laudert, right, joins the brass section at the front of the floor as they enter into a transition on Saturday evening at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. Cahhal-Laudert was one of two trumpet soloists in the show alongside Kaitrin Blaney.

the BHS marching band returned once more to the in-person state festival

After taking a year off from in person festivals due to COVID-19, the BHS marching band returned once more to the in-person state festival on Saturday evening at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper.

Kayla Durham lines up in between two columns

Buffalo High School’s Kayla Durham lines up in between two columns of musicians during the final state show on Saturday evening.

Evelynne Conklin, right, laughs with Elizabeth Farris and the rest of the flute section

Evelynne Conklin, right, laughs with Elizabeth Farris and the rest of the flute section as the band celebrates their performance at the state marching band festival on Saturday in the Ford Wyoming Events Center. The performers huddled while director Jason Bennett congratulated them on their performance. The pair were laughing about how they accidentally switched spots for the second movement before returning to their designated spots later in the show.

Buffalo High School’s instruments were stored in the hallway

Buffalo High School’s instruments were stored in the hallway while they band was seated in the stands on Saturday evening at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. The kids returned their mouth guards to their instruments and emptied spit before setting their instruments down for the night after their show.

Daphne Lavigne, left, and Keegan Money stand at attention

Daphne Lavigne, left, and Keegan Money stand at attention with the rest of the Buffalo High School marching band while another band enters the arena to begin their performance at this year’s state marching band festival on Saturday in the Ford Wyoming Events Center. Every band stood at attention while the other bands entered and exited the arena.

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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