Laramie High School’s marching band recently participated in their last football game on Oct. 25 and attended the State Marching Band Festival on Oct. 19 in Casper at the Casper Events Center. 

“We just stayed in the sidelines and played our music. That was about it,” Charlotte Fraley, a percussionist in the band, said. 

Although it was their last football game, the marching band did not actually march during half-time. 

“It was really cold, so it was kind of nice that we didn’t have to march,” Lucie Meeker-Gordon, who plays the clarinet, added.  

Most band students are required to participate in the marching band. 

Marching during the football games helps the band practice their drill and music to prepare for the State Marching Band Festival. 

“It helps us know what to do in class and on Tuesdays which is when we have our practices,” Fraley said. 

In the State Marching Band Festival, marching bands from schools all around the state do their drills in front of judges. 

However, the bands aren’t competing against each other; each of the bands gets their own rating from one through five with one being the best, and five being the worst. 

In the rating system, a one means superior, two means excellent, three means good, four means fair and five means poor. 

“This year, all the bands got either a one or a two. Laramie got a two,” Meeker-Gordon said. 

The judges score each band based on their marching, how they played, their color guards and the complexity of their drill and music. 

Meeker-Gordon says she’ll miss marching with the band since she is a senior. 

She said her favorite part is just spending time with the other band students. 

“They’re like a second family,” Meeker-Gordon added. 

Fraley had similar sentiments about band. 

“You spend a lot of time with them and you really bond with each other,” she said. 

Now that the football games and state marching are over, the band is done practicing marching. 

“It’s concert season now,” Meeker-Gordon said. 

Some LHS Band students are also preparing for the All-State band auditions to take place this  

Saturday. 

“It’s this honor band that you have to audition to be in,” Meeker-Gordon said. 

Auditioning for All-State is optional for band students, and those students who chose to audition get music to practice ahead of time. 

Students who make the All-State band attend a three-day rehearsal and are more likely to get into district clinic. 

Percussionists like Fraley must audition on three different instruments, the marimba, the snare and the timpani. 

At the All-State auditions, all band students, “have to play your two etudes, your two scales, your chromatic scales and then you have to sight-read,” Meeker-Gordon said. 

These performances by the band members are judged by band teachers from around the state to determine if they qualify for the All-State band.