Leader photo/CRAIG HAUPERT The Buchanan High School band was one of 10 bands performing Wednesday.

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Bands score well at festival

Published 10:02pm Thursday, October 11, 2012

Dowagiac, Edwardsburg, River Valley, New Buffalo and Berrien Springs all received a score of “I” — the highest possible rating — during Wednesday’s Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association District 6 Marching Band

Leader photo/CRAIG HAUPERT There was nothing miserable about the Edwardsburg High School band’s performance, which featured songs from the popular musical, “Les Miserables.”

Festival at Niles High School.

Receiving “II” — the second highest rating — were Cassopolis, Niles, Benton Harbor and Bridgman. Buchanan got a “III” rating.

Steven Gruver, Niles band director, said each band was judged against a state model and not against each other.

Bands were broken into categories based on size. Competing in the largest division — Class B — were Niles, Dowagiac, Edwardsburg and Benton Harbor.

Competing in Class C were Buchanan and Berrien Springs.

Competing in Class D were Cassopolis, Bridgman, New Buffalo and River Valley.

Gruver said bands in the smaller classes are graded less critically than bands in the larger classes.

District 6 encompasses schools in southwest Michigan.

There are 20 participating schools in District 6.

Ten schools performed Wednesday at Niles and 10 more at Paw Paw Wednesday.


Leader photo/CRAIG HAUPERT The Cassopolis High School band took a page out of Ian Fleming’s book as they performed the “James Bond” theme during the band festival.

Class D

Bridgman II

River Valley I

Cassopolis II

New Buffalo I

Class C

Buchanan III

Berrien Springs I

Class B

Benton Harbor II

Dowagiac I

Edwardsburg I

Leader photo/CRAIG HAUPERT Host Niles High School capped off an evening of music and movement at the District 6 marching band festival Wednesday.

Niles II

Leader photo/CRAIG HAUPERT The Dowagiac marching band received a “I” score for its performance at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association District 6 Marching Band Festival at Niles High School Wednesday.

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