High school marching bands from 15 Wyoming schools will participate in Saturday’s annual State Marching Band Festival, sanctioned by the Wyoming High School Activities Association and co-sponsored by the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps.

Doors at the Casper Events Center open at 3 p.m., and the festival begins at 4 p.m. The final band to perform is the University of Wyoming Western Thunder Marching Band at 8:15 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students kindergarten through 12th grade and are available at the box office.

Bands in order of performance are: Worland, Douglas, Lander, Buffalo and Star Valley in Class 3A; and Evanston, Cheyenne Central, Kelly Walsh, Cheyenne South, Green River, Riverton, Natrona County, Laramie, Gillette and Cheyenne East in Class 4A.

The largest high school band is Buffalo’s with 110 members; the smallest is Cheyenne South with 50.

The Troopers will provide the volunteers and awards for the event, according to corps director Fred Morris.

UW Invitational

In another joint venture, the Troopers and the University of Wyoming partnered at Saturday’s Marching Invitational, held indoors at the UW practice facility because of the abrupt October storm.

“Brad Williamson and Robert Belser [from UW] did a great job with everything, especially with having to move indoors and everything that goes with that,” Morris said.

Bands from Alliance, Neb., and Cheyenne South were forced to cancel their performances because of road conditions into Laramie, Morris said.

Awards were presented to the following high school bands: 1. Warrior Marching Band, Arapahoe (Centennial, Colo.); 2. Blue Raider Marching Band, Stevens (Rapid City, S.D.); 3. Thunderbird Marching Band, Cheyenne East; 4. Kelly Walsh Marching Band; 5. Tiger Marching Band, Lander; 6. Bearcat Marching Band, Douglas; 7. Riverton Marching Wolverines; 8. Marching Indians, Cheyenne Central; and 9. Panther Pride Marching Band (Hershey, Neb.).

In addition to the competition, the day served as a clinic for the bands. Clinicians included Belser and Jonathan Waters, the associate director of The Ohio State University Marching Band. Judges included staff members from UW, CSU and the Laramie school system.

Troopers tryouts

The Troopers will hold the first audition camp in preparation for the 2012 season the weekend of Nov. 18-20 at Storey Gym in Cheyenne.

Camp fees will be $50 each and each person will be assessed a one-time audition fee of $75.

Anyone from 15 to turning 21 during the summer of 2012 is welcome to audition. Horns, drums and color guard positions are open. The RSVP form can be found on the website, troopersdrumcorps.org.

Community News editor Sally Ann Shurmur can be reached at 307-266-0520; sallyann.shurmur@trib.com; read her blog at trib.com/dishin; or follow her on Twitter @WYOSAS

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