Dust Devil Marching Band 3rd in Division

After putting in over 100 hours of practice, the Dayton High marching band, under the direction of Mr. Stickland, performed their final show of the season in the Sierra Band Crusade. This competition, with bands from all across Northern Nevada, is basically the regional championships of marching band. Dayton’s 2018 show, The Incredibles, features the music from a beloved Disney movie and includes several solos throughout the pieces. Drum majors Clay Vanzura and Alicia Ruiz-Nipgen led the band in what was their best performance of the season.

After the performance, Mr. Stickland said that their performance was “better than any run-through this year, in competition or practice.” Mr. Strickland also said that the show was the hardest they have ever done since he began teaching at DHS, and he is proud of the way the students took on that challenge. Everything seemed to come together all at once, and their hard work paid off. They took third place overall in their division, with scores based on music effect, visual effect, music ensemble, visual ensemble, percussion, and color guard. Everything from stepping in time and playing in tune to the overall structure of the marching show and music was taken into consideration by eight judges from various backgrounds. Dayton also had the opportunity to listen to other larger bands, including an exhibition performance by UNR’s nearly 180-person marching band. All of the students enjoyed their final competition of the year and are now getting prepped for concert season starting next week. Great job dust devils!


-Jason Logan

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