Spring Lake takes top honors

Krystle Wagner • Sep 26, 2017 at 12:00 PM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — The Spring Lake Lakers topped 13 other high school marching bands at Buccaneer Stadium on Saturday.

Spring Lake received first place in the Class B division and were named Grand Champions of the 11th annual Grand Haven Marching Band Invitational. Spring Lake received 92.1 points out of a possible 100. 

Although the Grand Haven band performed, they didn’t receive a competitive score because they hosted the invitational.

Fruitport received second place in the Class B division with 82.7 points, and received awards for the best percussion and color guard.

Bands were judged based on factors such as performance, music effect, tone quality, technique accuracy and creativity.

Spring Lake band director Mike Truszkowski said he was pleased with the performance, as well as excited about the score and top honors.

The Lakers have been working on the show since band camp in July.

Truszkowski said they had great attendance, and they were happy with the spacing and formations in their show.

Within the first several steps at the beginning of the show, they spell out the show’s title, “See life clearly.” Truszkowski said the formations on Saturday came out clearly.

Truszkowski said they love playing at Buccaneer Stadium and appreciate the support from Grand Haven as well as their own family and friends.

As the season progresses, Truszkowski said they will look at adding more visual components to the show.

Fruitport band director Tim Priest said they’ve grown since last year, but their second-place ranking surpassed their expectations. Priest, who is in his second year at Fruitport, said they had hoped to receive a better score and ranking from last year’s invitational when they came in last in their division.

The band plays at a higher level this year compared to last year, he said, and the color guard coaches have also worked for the past 2-3 years to build a powerful program. Priest said he worked with Katie Hildebrand, assistant high school marching band director and middle school director, on collaborating and making changes for this season.

More than 100 students, parent volunteers and event co-chairperson Amy Draper helped make the invitational a success, said Grand Haven band director Iain Novoselich.

“The directors are very proud of their performance and look forward to our remaining competitions/performances,” he said.

Here is a look at scores the marching bands received at Saturday’s invitational:

Class AA:

Grand Ledge High School, 88.6, first place

Grand Haven High School, performed as an exhibition

Class A:

Wyoming High School 80.7, first place

Muskegon High School 71.5, second place

Class B:

Spring Lake High School, 92.1, first place and Grand Champions

Fruitport High School, 82.7, second place

Ionia High School 80.3, third place

Allendale High School 79.8, fourth place

Kenowa Hills High School 76.2, fifth place

Class C:

Fennville High School 78.3, first place

Whitehall High School 75.1, second place

Montague High School 72.8, third place

Oakridge High School 71.3, fourth place

Class D:

River Valley High School, 74, first place

Decatur High School 60.9, second place

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