Muskegon band rocks GHHS stadium with ‘Superstar’

The Muskegon Big Reds took top honors in the Class A division of the Grand Haven Marching Band Invitational Saturday, playing selections from the rock opera "Superstar.' The Fruitport Trojans kept the theme flying with "Angels' to take first place in Class B. As the host school, Grand Haven wrapped up the evening by performing an exhibition to music from the ‘70s and ‘80s rock band Styx, including "Mr. Roboto' and "Too Much Time on My Hands.' GHHS did not compete.
Becky Vargo
Oct 11, 2011


The eight bands and the audience at the evening event were treated to unseasonably warm temperatures and almost no wind, allowing the sound to fill the Buccaneer Stadium without being chilled or blown away.

Montague was first place of the four bands in Class C — which also included Whitehall, Fremont and Shelby. The 40-piece Montague band performed music from “Chicago: the Musical.”

Spring Lake High School finished second in Class B, less than a point behind Fruitport, with what some parents said was their best performance of the season playing “An American Portrait: the Music of Aaron Copeland.”

Mona Shores opted for a noncompetitive Division I rating.

GH band director Iain Novoselich said he was “extremely happy with how the event ran, outstanding participating groups, and great weather with an appreciate audience. Our boosters did a tremendous job setting up and running the competition, and I am looking forward to hosting the event next year.”

The Buccaneer band will enter its next competition Saturday at the DeWitt Marching Band Invitational. They will also perform Friday night at the school’s home football game.

Spring Lake will perform at Homecoming on Friday night.

Invitational point scoring:

Class C: Montague, 78.4, directed by Emma LaVoie; Whitehall, 77.5; and Fremont 64.8. Shelby opted to go for the Division I noncompetitive rating.

Class B: Fruitport, 85.4 with best color guard, directed by Donald Showich; Spring Lake, 84.9, with best percussion.

Class A: Muskegon, 83.2, best color guard, directed by Janice Lawrence, Brad Taylor, Nick Mosley and Eric Joslin; Mona Shores opted for Division I noncompetitive rating and also received best percussion.

Class AA: Grand Haven, exhibition.

To see more photos from the event, click here.


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