March of music

Becky Vargo • Sep 24, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Muskegon Reeths-Puffer won the Class A title and earned the highest score, 94 points, of all classes in the Grand Haven Marching Band Invitational held Saturday at Grand Haven High School.

The Rockets earned awards of excellence in music, marching, percussion and color guard.

Spring Lake scored 90 points and took the class B crown over Fruitport, 84.7; Allendale, 78.5; and Kenowa Hills, 77.7.

The Lakers earned awards of excellence in music, marching and color guard.

Whitehall had the highest score, 80.3 points, in Class C and Bangor took the Class D title, also with 80.3 points.

Thirteen bands competed in the event. The 14th band, Grand Haven High School, performed, but did not compete in its own invitational. 

“It was an awesome day filled with music performed at a high level,” said Iain Novoselich, Director of Bands at Grand Haven High School. “Congratulations to all performing bands and directors. Special thanks to the Grand Haven Band Boosters Association and the tireless efforts of Amy Draper and Mary Jane Evink for coordinating the event.” 

Members of the Grand Haven High School varsity football team attended the marching band invitational to show their support of the Grand Haven High School marching band, according to Rebecca Kaufman, music specialist for Spring Lake Public Schools.

“This thoughtful gesture was noticed by the volunteers and those who were in attendance,” Kaufman said. “Kudos to head coach Joe Nelson and his players for their support of the members and directors of the marching band program.”

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