The Apache Junction High School Marching Band strutted to success, walking away with 2nd Place in the 1A Division at the Arizona Marching Band Association (AzMBA) competition at Williams Field High School, 2076 S. Higley Road in Gilbert on Saturday, Oct. 20. The percussion section earned an “Outstanding” designation.
“Our marching band members learn more than how to play instruments and compete. They develop discipline, learn how to follow directions, achieve a strong sense of community, as well as enhanced self worth and school pride,” said Jaclyn Chappel, a music educator and the AJHS band director. “Learning how to work together as a team helps them learn skills that will be valuable to them the rest of their lives. I am proud of all of our band members and was very excited to see them showcase their talent and school spirit.”
The AzMBA promotes a positive and educational experience for marching band students and staff members. Participating in a band or music program is more than hitting the high notes in a fun and colorful way. According to an Aug. 3, 2013 article by Mary Toothman in The Ledger, students who participate in music classes earn better grades, score higher on SAT exams and are more likely to graduate from high school.
Photo above: The percussion section was rated “Outstanding.” Thomas Valentine, Kyle Oplinger and Brandon Hermann are pictured.