See Moments From Marching Band’s Full Season


Senior color guard member Veronica Morarie performs during the state championship finals. Creek scored an 82.8, placing fourth. (Carly Philpott)

Carly Philpott, Editor-in-Chief

Marching band wrapped its regular season on Oct. 29, placing fourth in the state finals with a score of 82.8. Band director Tim Libby expressed pride at the band’s finishing performance.

“I was elated,” Libby said. “They played unbelievably well at that finals performance, and I was just so grateful that their best run of the season was their last one.”

The band finished its season with the 9News Parade of Lights on Dec. 3, and overall competed in a total of five festivals and four parades, and played at four regular season football games. See moments from the band season below.

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  • Senior sousaphone section leader Max Eggleston relays commands given from the front of the band to members in the back during the Western Welcome Week Parade on Aug. 20. The band placed first in the parade, a tremendous success to kick off the fall season. “I had immense sense of pride in the band when I found out how successful they were,” senior drum major Josh Weiner said at the time. “It feels really amazing knowing I get the privilege to be the leader of such a great group of people.”

  • The band marches in the Western Welcome Week Parade, which Creek placed first in for overall marching band and percussion. The band uses this parade to get into gear for bigger competitions down the road. “We do it so that we practice our foot timing and marching and playing at the same time and just in a straight line,” band director Tim Libby said at the time. “When you get that skill going really well, then when we go out and do our competitive stuff.”

  • Flutists sophomore Wyatt Hess, junior Emerson Niederloh, and junior Becca Dwyer pose in the stands during a Sept. 9 football game.

  • Senior snare drummer Maggie Lee plays in the stands during the Sept. 9 football game.

  • Senior flutist Giselle Marians plays in the band’s first football halftime show on Sept. 9.

  • Freshman bass drummer James Lacey Jr. plays in the stands during a Sept. 16 football game.

  • Junior Becca Dwyer plays flute in the homecoming halftime show on Sept. 22. Dwyer was nominated for and won Homecoming Princess, while senior drum major Josh Weiner was nominated for and won Homecoming King and his brother freshman baritone hornist Scott Weiner won Duke.

  • The drumline plays the cadence for the student section in the stands of the Sept. 16 homecoming football game.

  • Saxophonists senior Avi Grope, sophomore Benji Simberg, and junior Isabella Sandvall play during the marching band’s first full public run through of the music played during their show in the Sept. 20 band concert. “This time performing as a band felt much more routine than the first concert last year, now that we’ve been back from COVID for quite a while,” senior trombonist Rachel Novak said at the time. “It’s very gratifying to see the audience and parents enjoy something that both the band and I enjoy working on and performing.”

  • Drum majors junior Dallas Van and seniors Josh Weiner and Amelia Dundon stand for the national anthem, played by the band, before the Sept. 22 football game. The band played the national anthem for multiple games.

  • Members of the color guard and woodwind section pose with junior drum major Dallas Van during the Sept. 22 football game.

  • Senior tenor drummer Casey Hughes smiles while playing the cadence for the student section during the Sept. 22 football game.

  • A judge speaks into a voice recorder as Creek performs during its first festival competition, Legacy Marching Festival, on Sept. 24. Creek placed seventh in the festival. “The band did a great job at their first competition and their hard work these past few weeks definitely showed,” senior drum major Josh Weiner said at the time. “There is so much work and cleaning to be done, but I’m excited to see what the band can accomplish because this show has so much potential to be great!”

  • Senior Ryan Lie plays his flugelhorn solo during the Legacy Marching Festival.

  • Junior clarinetist Paige Palmer and junior flutist Becca Dwyer prepare to play in the Big Cat Marching Festival.

  • Senior color guard member Veronica Morarie tosses a flag during the Oct. 1 Big Cat Marching Festival.

  • Drummers play the percussion feature during the Big Cat Marching Festival on Oct. 1. Creek placed second in the preliminary rounds with a score of 74.35, but left before the finals due to weather.

  • Senior percussionist Nathan Krause watches senior drum major Josh Weiner during the final round of the Douglas County Marching Invitational.

  • Sophomore percussionist Rosemary McBratnie dances during the halftime show of the Oct. 14 football game.

  • Junior tenor drummer Keira Dube plays the cadence for the student section near the end of the Oct. 14 football game.

  • Junior drum major Dallas Van dances during the school fight song after Creek won the Oct. 14 football game.

  • Percussionists senior Katelyn Monson and junior Tamsin Miller play during the regional state qualifier competition. Creek won the competition for the second year in a row with a score of 82.05. “I was super excited. It’s nice to see the aftermath of a lot of hard work,” senior percussionist Maggie Lee said at the time. “I was so happy that we did so well in my last regionals. At the same time, I was sad that I wasn’t going to get another one with the band.”

  • Snare drummers watch the tenor drummers play during the percussion feature in the semifinals of the state championship. Creek was seeded fourth going into the final round, scoring an 84.

  • Brass players perform in the final round of the state championship. Creek’s score went down slightly from semifinals, with a score of 82.8 putting them in fourth place.

  • The color guard marches ahead of the band in the 9News Parade of Lights, past the Denver City and County Building on Bannock St., on Dec. 3. The band went directly from playing in the stands of the state championship football game to the parade.

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All photos by Carly Philpott