Camel, Thunder-Bolt bands receive Excellent scores at regionals

The CCHS marching band (RJ Morgan/County 17)

Dozens of high school bands converged on the University of Wyoming campus last weekend for the UW/Troopers Invitational marching band regional competition. UW’s Western Thunder Marching Band and the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps hosted the competition.

High school bands from four states were on hand at War Memorial Stadium in a fierce competition that was a prelude to this weekend’s state competition.

The TBHS marching band (Thunder Basin Thunder-Bolt Band Facebook page photo)

It was a great day for Gillette musicians as Thunder Basin and Campbell County high school marching bands both received an Excellent rating. The Thunder-Bolt Band finished just 14 points out of third place among 15 bands.

Top honors went to Windsor, Colo. In the daylong competition. Kelly Walsh High School was second overall and the Rapid City Stevens High School placed third.

Each of the bands competed during 12- to 15-minute time slots, receiving feedback from judges after performing on the field. The bands were judged in these four categories: marching/visual execution, music, percussion and auxiliary.

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Bands receiving excellent scores were Campbell County High School; Cheyenne Central High School; Cheyenne East High School; Cheyenne South High School; Douglas High School; Greeley (Colo.) Central High School; Green River High School; Ogallala (Neb.) High School; Riverton High School; Rock Springs High School; Thunder Basin High School; Wheatland High School; and Windsor High School.

The CCHS marching bard (RJ Morgan/County 17)

Kelly Walsh High School and Rapid City Stevens High School received superior ratings. Kelly Walsh High School also received the outstanding percussion award, and Windsor High School received the outstanding auxiliary award.

For more information about the marching band invitational, email Joseph Carver, director of UW’s Western Thunder Marching Band, at

All Wyoming high school bands will have their biggest competition on Saturday when they compete in Casper at the Wyoming High School Activities Association’s State Marching Band Festival.

The TBHS marching band (Thunder Basin Thunder-Bolt Band Facebook page photo)