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LHHS Band of Knights qualifies for State Competition

 Friends and family got to sample the physical rigors of being in a marching band when they joined the Lake Havasu Band of Knights on the football field Tuesday evening during the band members’ performance of “Overcome.”
Friends and family got to sample the physical rigors of being in a marching band when they joined the Lake Havasu Band of Knights on the football field Tuesday evening during the band members’ performance of “Overcome.”

Besides music, there’s a lot of good news coming out of the band room at Lake Havasu High School.

“These kids have improved so much. They’ve been playing well musically,” said Kimberly Schreiber, the bands and orchestra director. “The students have been practicing and working their tails off.”

Hard work has paid off. The LHHS Band of Knights has qualified for the ABODA semifinal state competition on Saturday in Chandler. ABODA is the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association.

“Going into the competition, we’re 14th in the state,” Schreiber said, noting that only the top 20 schools in each division are invited to compete. The Band of Knights earned its high standing by performing in two previous qualifying competitions.

If the 51 Havasu students do well, they will move on to ABODA’s championship contest.

The band’s nine-minute show is titled “Overcome,” which Schreiber said is designed to emotionally move the audience. The orchestral classical music is comprised of selections from Beethoven’s 5th, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and the hymn, “It is Well with My Soul.”

“We only have 15 minutes to perform, which includes getting on and off the field with all of our equipment. Fortunately, we have a lot of parents who travel with us and they help move the equipment onto the field and off again,” she said.

It’s going to be a challenging 24 hours for the Band of Knights, beginning early Friday evening. After its halftime show at Friday night’s football game at Lee Barnes Stadium, the band will board a bus bound for Phoenix. They are expected to arrive at their hotel by 1:30 a.m.

“On Saturday, we have to be at Hamilton High School by 8 a.m. and be ready to perform at 9:45 a.m. But the band is ready for the challenge. One of the kids’ strengths is they have the confidence it takes to perform,” Schreiber said. “Plus, they’re inspired by the theme ‘Overcome.’ We even have T-shirts that say, ‘What you can become depends on what you choose to overcome.’”

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by Pam Ashley, Today's News-Herald
Oct 31, 2019


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