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RCHS marching band featured "Phobias" for 2012 state competition

The RCHS band performs at a Veterans Day parade.

Article and photos by Birgit Moran

This year’s theme music and show is “Phobias,” which is considered a concept show by the Colorado Bandmasters Association.  Now a 5A level band, the RCHS band is challenged to do more than in previous years.  It is still a young program and it is growing.  

The band made it to the state competition this year and performed at the Air Force Academy in early November, a huge accomplishment for the program.

Band Director Joel Naegle is always looking for more students to join the band.  In particular, low brass players are encouraged to talk to Naegle.  As a 5A band, the program added instructors this year for the different disciplines.  “While this is expensive, it certainly helps the students and our show to be the best that it can be,” said Naegle.  

Many students think marching band should be considered a sport, as the physical demands are really high.  The band practices during band camp in summer, usually late July and frequently on weekends and during the week from August through October.  

An integral part of the enthusiasm at a football game, the band waits in the stands for its half-time show.

The band marches off the field in formation after competing at the Air Force Academy.



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