The feeling was pride: pride in school, pride in community, pride in friends and family, and pride in remarkable success.
The most recent of three consecutive state championships earned by the Cedaredge High School Marching Band was the reason for an outpouring of good feelings and community-wide pride in the band's success.
The event took place Wednesday, Nov. 6, on the school athletic field where all 28 members of the Class 1A state-champion band gave their winning performance in full uniform for assembled students from all the other Cedaredge schools, staff, parents and friends.
The emotion of pride can play a role in learning. If rightly applied, it can help students access inner resources of inspiration and energy for completing complex and difficult tasks and for developing self esteem that naturally comes from successes in life.
The astounding success of the Cedaredge High School Marching Band has enabled hundreds of others, youths and adults throughout the Surface Creek Valley and the entire county, to be a part of a championship effort, and to share in the feelings of confidence in one's own possibilities that flow from the band's success.
CHS band director Michael Bowles, in addressing the all-schools assembly last Friday, said that since 1975 when statistics were first compiled, there have been only seven other bands in all of Colorado that have won three consecutive state championships.
"This is huge," he said.
On its way to compiling its record of achievement, the CHS band has notched three other notable records along the way, Bowles said. By winning its first state championship in 2011, the CHS unit was the smallest ever to win that title.
Winning its second state championship in 2012, the unit beat its own record from the previous year by having even fewer members than it had in 2011.
And, at last month's state finals in Grand Junction, the CHS Marching Band set a new record by achieving the highest performance scores ever by a Class 1A marching band in Colorado.
"It is a testament to their work ethic and effort," Bowles said. "They work harder than anyone else and that's why nobody has been able to beat them."
All of the juniors in the CHS unit are now three-time state champions. There are also two seniors and four eighth-graders that march and play with the band.
"They have taken ownership of their success," Bowles told the DCI. "They have pushed themselves to achieve. It's not me, it's them."
For his own part in the CHS success story, Bowles says simply, "I am grateful, because (three consecutive championships) shows that we must be doing something right." He added that it is gratifying to know "that we're making a difference in the lives of these students in the classroom. What it all means is the (positive) difference it makes in their lives."
The 28 members of the 2013 CHS band were all presented with their state champion medals at the assembly, and school officials including Superintendent Caryn Gibson also received medals.
Gibson noted that when she worked in the school district's personnel department she interviewed Bowles for his job and helped bring him to Delta County Schools. She also told the assembly that when in high school she performed with her school band as a baton twirler. The state championship medal which Bowles then placed around her neck was "the first band medal I've ever gotten," she said.blog comments powered by Disqus