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Article Courtesy of Canon City Daily Record
There were no Halloween tricks involved Monday, only treats, when the Cañon City High School Tiger Pride Marching Band took fourth place in the Class 3A division of the high school state marching band competition in Grand Junction.

The band beat its record score of 69.10 last year with an all-time high score of 74.75.

This year's theme was "The Voyage on the Seven Seas."

"It's a great feeling to continue to be great," said senior drum major Eric Meigs. "Even when Mrs. Nolan left and Mr. Race came in, it was nice to continue to be competitive and win things and get good scores."

Josh Race took over the program in 2015 when Stephanie Nolan retired. Nolan and her husband, Mike Nolan, retired band director from Florence High School, continue to work for Race as assistants.

"I'm really proud of the work the band has done this year," Race said. "It's a young band, a little over 70 (out of 115) of the members are freshmen and sophomores, so as we get older, they'll get better."

He also commended the drum majors and the Nolans for their hard work, and the band boosters and parents for their help and support.

The band also traveled to Colorado Springs, Castle Rock and Denver this year.

"I am so proud of my band family," said Chris Hudson, junior drum major. "I have loved being a drum major this year, and I am excited for next year to do even better."

Junior drum major Makenzie Konty said she also is proud to be able to represent Cañon City in competition so well.


"We are known for the Tiger Pride Marching Band, and we are well known as that really good group of kids, so it's cool to go and be so prideful in this when you are with so many bands, especially when you go all the way to Grand Junction," she said.

Monday's all-time high score was a pleasant surprise for senior drum major Aaron McKean.

"I am very proud of my band and what they did," he said, adding he was impressed by how hard the band has worked to get to where they are now, and how well they performed Monday. "I was impressed by how they focused. All and all, it was a fantastic year."

The band's new uniforms also may given the musicians a boost in confidence when taking the field in competition.

"It's more prideful to put something on that's new, instead of something we've had for 20 years," Eric said.

The addition of junior drum majors also may have helped boost the band's performance by bringing more leadership and intensity to the group, Chris said.

Marching season is done for the year, but the band now is preparing for concert season and The Fine Art of Christmas.

Carie Canterbury - Canon City Daily Record
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