See Moments From Marching Band’s Historic Finish At State And Regionals Competitions

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Carly Philpott

Umbrellas In Marching Band: Junior member of the color guard Yuki Ueta dances with an umbrella during the first part of Creek’s state finals performance. This year’s routine was titled “Rain,” and the songs and color guard costumes were rain-themed. Creek did better than expected and better than ever before at the state and regional level this season, with an all-time high score of 83 in the state competition. “This is the first time since 1991, and possibly in band history, that we have ever scored this high,” junior trombonist Rachel Novak said. “We’ve placed third before, but we have never scored an 83 before.”

Carly Philpott, Editor-in-Chief

In a historic season, Creek’s marching band placed third at state finals at the Air Force Academy Oct. 30.

The band’s routine, called “Rain,” is a modified repeat of last year’s performance. “Originally it was really disappointing to hear that we would be doing the [same] show,” junior trombonist Rachel Novak said. “But the drill was so exciting and really doing it all on the field made it so much more exciting.”

Since the 1980s, Creek has never won regionals before. Even this year, they didn’t expect to place as high as they did.

“I thought we were gonna get third or second, maybe second, because we had gotten second two years ago at regionals,” junior flute section leader Giselle Marians said. “And I didn’t think that we were going to do better than that because of  COVID and not being able to have real practices. But then we got first and that was awesome.”

The band has also rarely placed third or higher at state finals before. This year, they placed third with an all-time high score of 83.

“This is the first time since 1991, and possibly in band history, that we have ever scored this high,” Novak said. “We’ve placed third before, but we have never scored an 83 before.”

Marching band’s season is over, but the color guard begins its winter season with a practice Nov. 10 from six to nine p.m. in the East Gym.

The gallery below contains some notable moments from Creek’s state performance.

In addition to their historic performance at state finals, marching band also placed first in their regional state qualifiers, surpassing every other performance since at least 1991, when the band began keeping records.

View the gallery below to see moments from Creek’s regionals performance.

The photo “Umbrellas In Marching Band” won Honorable Mention Sports Action Photo from CSMA.