DHS Band earns another top band contest rating

The Pride of the Vikings Marching Band received a 19th consecutive Division I top "superior" rating at State Marching Band Festival Oct. 9

The Pride of the Vikings Marching Band performed at the Iowa High School Music Association’s State Marching Band Festival Oct. 9, and received their 19th consecutive Division I rating of Superior.

This year’s marching show is entitled “Steampunk” and features “Funeral for a Friend” by Elton John, “Ah-Ha” by Pentatonix, and “Battlefield” from Cirque Du Soleil: KA. Music arrangements are by Jay Dawson and Tom Wallace, drill design by Andy Classen, and Color Guard choreography designed by Abigail Toussaint, Jenna Hartz, Paige Lange, and Miranda Miller.

The Pride of the Vikings Marching Band is under the direction of Dustin Bliven, Matt Cody, and Emily Hahn; and the Color Guard is under the direction of Laurie Walter.

This year’s drum majors are Emma Humpal and Ruby Sullivan.

Bliven commented, “This year’s marching band was a little more challengingbecause more than half the band members have never marched and performed due to theCOVID-19 pandemic. We worked hard to take our time to learn the drill at the beginningof the year so we had a better understanding of the key concepts needed to besuccessful. As the season continued, we were able to put more sets with music on thefield with ease. The students actually put one third of the show on the field last week,which is an amazing testament to their talent. I am extremely proud of these studentswho continued to work hard, knowing this year would be more challenging. Their hardwork paid off on Saturday.”

The Pride of the Vikings Marching Band will conclude their season on Oct. 15 with a senior recognition following the football halftime performance at Viking Stadium.

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