The Herriman High School Marching band has defied all expectations this year at the helm of new band director, Ms. Jamie Kim. The band finished the year strong by taking 2nd place at the State competition; the best they have ever done.
Percussionists, brass players, woodwind players, and color guard members spent two weeks in the middle of August practicing music, drill, and physical conditioning for 12 hours a day. When school started, they spent three hours everyday after school perfecting their show. The hard work payed off.
Nebo Tournament: 1st Place – taking Visual and Music Captions
Wasatch Competition: 1st Place – taking Visual and Music Captions
Bridgerland Competition: 2nd Place
BYU Competition: 2nd Place
Davis Cup Competition: 2nd Place – taking Visual Caption
Red Rocks Competition: 2nd Place – taking Visual and percussion captions
Bands of America Competition: 15th out of 24th – scoring higher than Bingham High School and Mountain Crest, both placing bands in 3A and 4A divisions.
Another huge victory was that the Herriman Drumline and front ensemble won the Percussion Caption for the first time since 2012 at the Red Rocks competition. They celebrated their achievement by taking photos and bringing the trophy to dinner with them.
Several members of the band felt that the success of this season was because of the dedication and endless hard work that everyone put in, in order to achieve their common goal.
“The best part of marching band this year was all the competitions,” Tana Cottam (‘16), one of the band’s drum majors, said. “I was able to see how much progress everyone made each week, and we did better and better everytime.”
Kate Thomas (‘16), a member of the color guard said, “The best part was being able to be part of something bigger and make something amazing together. We all learned skills that we could apply later in life.”
The Herriman High marching band set an incredible standard for future members in years to come.