Grand Junction High School's Marching Band made it to the State Championships, but they also learned a valuable lesson about sportsmanship along the way.
In October, the GJ Marching Band competed against 33 other 5A schools in the State Championship in Fort Collins.The band played for eight minutes, all songs from "The Prince of Egypt". Grand Junction ended up placing 15th.
Jozef Szabo has been a part of the Grand Junction High School's Marching Band for all four years. He said at this year's State Championship the Lakewood High School Marching Band asked for help. Lakewood asked his band to switch playing spots because the students wanted to go see a Katy Perry concert. When many other schools may have said no, Grand Junction students were willing to step in.
Szabo said, "I really feel like our band and our director and our program really demonstrated the word 'sportsmanship' because we didn't even hesitate to switch times with them."
Director of Bands for Grand Junction High School, Isaac Lavadie, said, "We just want to have fun and we just want to play. We don't go in trying to finish in a certain placement or anything like that. We just want to go in and play and perform for a bunch of people."
This year, Grand Junction High School's Marching Band had 120 members. It's the largest group they have ever had. Even though their season is over, they expect more students will want to get involved next year.