Pinedale Band attends Band Days
The Pinedale High School Band played at the University of Wyoming Band Days and a 550-student mass-band performance during the UW-Air Force Academy football game on Saturday.
by Craig Sheppard
September 25, 2006
Last Saturday (September 23), 35 members of the Pinedale Wrangler Marching Band traveled to Laramie to participate in the University of Wyoming Band Days. They practiced with nine other school bands and the UW Marching Band and then participated in a 550-student mass-band performance during halftime of the Air Force Academy - University of Wyoming Cowboy football game.
While there, they were involved in a morning practice/marching clinic and then watched the game before participating in the half-time show. It was Armed Forces Day, besides being Band Day Saturday, therefore the massed band played the service songs for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines and ended with “Stars and Stripes” .
Schools participating were Hannah-Elk Mountain HS, Lander Valley HS, Kemmerer HS, Niobrara County HS, Douglas HS, Rawlins HS, Leyton HS, Riverton HS, Chugwater HS and Pinedale. These high school students came from Nebraska, as well as Wyoming, to perform at War Memorial Stadium. There were over 20,000 people in attendance at the game on a real cold and blustery day.
A special treat for the Pinedale band members was to watch and visit with Shaina Belton as she played tenor sax with the UW Marching Band. Shaina was a member of the Pinedale High School band all four years of high school.
The day was a total success due in large part to the great attitude and music ability of the Pinedale students. These students, director and bus drivers left Pinedale at 5:30 AM Saturday and returned home at midnight the same day. It was a long and cold day, but very rewarding. Pinedale should be proud of the way they represented our community at the University of Wyoming.
Bus drivers for Pinedale that day were John Overgaag and Cindy Johnson. The Pinedale band is under the direction of R. Craig Sheppard.
Photos courtesy Craig Sheppard.
Sublette County School District #1, www.pinedaleschools.org