The Glenwood Community High School “Pride of the Rams” Marching Band hosted and participated in the Iowa High School Music Association State Marching Band Contest this past Saturday at Ram Memorial Field.
The band earned it’s 24th Division I Rating in the past 26 years. A Division I Rating means that the performance was judged to be nearly perfect in every detail.
A panel of four judges watches and then rates the performance in the areas of Music Execution, Music General Effect, Marching and Maneuvering Execution, and Marching and Maneuvering General Effect.
Glenwood’s Division I rating comes one week after hosting and performing in the Glenwood Band Parents Association Loess Hills Fieldfest contest, also earning a I rating.
Each marching show consists of three to four musical selections, with intricate movement patterns requiring each band member to move to specific spots on the field to combine with the other members to create pictures.
These movements require each member to memorize their own pattern of movement, keeping in position with other players around them. The entire show included approximately 40 positions, with movement paths designed to get to their positions in a prescribed number of beats of the music.
“I was so proud of the students today,” said GCHS Band Director Pete Jacobus. “The students had to perform their show Friday night, getting emotionally charged up for the hometown crowd. They performed very well Friday night, but sometimes that leads to an emotional letdown the next day. It's hard to build yourself back up to the level needed to perform well. But they found a way to focus themselves, and had the best performance of the year.”
The band now moves on to Concert and Jazz Band, where they have also enjoyed a long run of Division I ratings, and seven consecutive appearances at the Iowa Jazz Championships, culminating with a fifth-place finish last year.