Nampa Bands Sweep DIII Competition

Nampa Schools Sweep DIII Band Competition
Posted on 11/03/2017
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Nampa School District’s three marching bands pulled off an incredible triple win at the District III Mel Shelton Marching Band Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28, after judges realized an error following the award ceremony. In a very tight competition, NSD bands claimed the grand champion Sweepstakes Award (Nampa High School), as well as the top spots in the 5A (Nampa), 5A Small (Columbia) and 4A (Skyview) categories. They also earned accolades for best percussion, color guard, general effect and more.

“I am so proud of the Marching ‘Dawgs performance in a festival filled with so many awesome bands – these students’ dedication to excellence is truly inspiring!” said Phil Hoesing, Nampa High School’s band director.

Columbia High was originally announced as the second-place winner in the 5A Small category, but after an error was discovered in the tally sheets, they moved clearly to the top. The correct trophy was presented to them in a ceremony at the school on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Band members also received congratulatory notes from Rocky Mountain High School band members, who had been named the winners on Saturday night.

I am so proud of the students’ perseverance and hard work. Watching them improve and grow throughout the season was a blessing,” said Paul McEntee, Columbia High School’s band director.

Skyview High School’s band director Averi Krall said, “It is an honor and privilege to work with such wonderful students at Skyview! Their hard work and dedication is truly inspiring and I’m overjoyed that they capped their season with such a wonderful performance.”

Results were as follows:

Nampa High School

1st Place Sweepstakes Overall
1st Place – Class 5A Large
Mel Shelton Award – Best Overall Music
Best Overall Visual Performance
Best Overall General Effect
Best Overall Percussion
2nd Place Color Guard – 5A Large (3rd Overall)

Columbia High School

1st Place – Class 5A Small
Best Color Guard
Best Visual Performance

Skyview High School

1st Place – Class 4A
3rd Place – Color Guard
Best General Effect
Best Music Performance