By: Lily Meyen 

Laramie High School will be attending the State Marching Band competition in Casper this upcoming weekend.

Laramie has one marching band, brought together by two different band classes who practice with each other every Tuesday to prepare for the event.

Codi Dooley, a junior trumpet player for the band will be participating at state this year. 

“State is held at the Ford Event Center and there’s an order of bands which take the field to perform. We warm up in rooms right before we march. When we are done, we are able to watch the different marching bands from Wyoming. After we have finished, we get our ratings 1-5, 1 being the best and 5 being the worst,” Dooley said. 

Many bands from around the state participate making the competition difficult. 

Having to practice separately from half of your band, and only meeting once a week to play for a couple of hours can make it a struggle to come together and play as a whole.

What brings together any sort of team together is the bond that they share, and the tough times they have gone through with one another.

“I think our band has the ability to stick together through obstacles during our shows and support each other. We have had our shows change multiple times and we were able to adapt easily. The bond everyone has with each other is a factor that few people talk about,” Dooley said. 

Laramie High Marching is said to have a good shot at winning state if they keep up the hard work and strength they have shown.

With every competition there is always a team to look out for.

“The biggest competition are mostly schools from Cheyenne, Gillette, and Casper,” Dooley said. 

In previous years Laramie has scored a two, putting them shortly behind the Cheyenne schools, Gillette Schools, and some smaller schools like Douglas and Buffalo.

Dating back to 1981, when the first state marching band was held at the Ford Event Center, Laramie placed fourth in the state.

There are also caption categories that could potentially be won.

These include outstanding color guard, brass, marching, music, percussion, and woodwinds.

On the Wyoming High School Activities Association page, it shows that in the past couple of years the Cheyenne schools have been the ones to beat within the outstanding captions, having at least one category won from East every year.

Knowing this, Laramie is striving to win more and is hoping to see that two go to a one, making it the first since 2005.

“We need to work on what time in our music we need to move or stay. We also need to march on our lines and the spacing between each marcher. These two things are such big factors that they could take us from a two to a one at state,” Dooley said. 

With a week left for preparation the Laramie High marching band is feeling good heading into state.

They play at 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the Ford Center in Casper, Wyo.