Tradition marches on for Legacy champions

High School band claims 5A title in Colorado Springs

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The Legacy High School marching band continued to dominate on a state level, winning their tenth 5A championship Oct. 28 in Colorado Springs in 12 years.

Band Director Clay Stansberry credited a consistent support system for the student musicians with their success again in 2017.

“We have great collaboration and support from everybody involved, from the community to our administration here,” Stansberry said. “The teachers in school, the district-level administrators and even the students here and the community at large. They’ve been great.”

Legacy qualified for the state competition with a winning turn at regional competitions Oct. 17 in Littleton. That allowed them to skip the quarterfinals on Friday Oct. 27 in Colorado Springs Falcon Stadium and go straight to the semifinals Saturday morning.

Bands are evaluated in three categories.

“The first is obviously the music,”Stansberry said. “Everything is driven by the music.”

But the bands are also judged on how well they move and how well they perform visually.

“And then the other thing is ‘General Effect,’“ he said. “That involves everything. How does your music and visual work together, how does the performance compare to others, and how does the audience react? Is the audience involved in the your performance? Those are the kinds of things.”

The band took top scores in performing four songs: “Short Ride in Fast Machine,” by American classical composer John Adams, a song by Jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny called “The Way Up,” and a piece by Michigan-based composer and pianist Vienna Teng called “The Hymn of Axiom.” The final performance was from the fourth movement of a symphony by modern music composer William Bolcom titled “Machine.”

“We work to perform at our highest level,” he said. “We spend a lot of time so the students can coordinate their music and visual elements together. And the kids really stepped it up and had a great performance.”

It was a true team performance.

“Everybody has to work together, and everyone really has to perform at their top level,” he said.

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