The 728 Cadets Marching Band has had another exciting and successful season.

The band recently swept the awards for Class AAAA at the 35th annual Vikingland Band Festival in Alexandria on June 30. In addition to the Class Champion win, the 728 Cadets also won Best Color Guard, Best Drumline, and Best Wind Section. The students worked very hard in a short amount of time, with much of their performance learned during an intensive three-day band camp in June.

Under the direction of Teran Keith (color guard), Shannon Curtis (winds), and Joe Jaeger (percussion and head director), students learn valuable life skills such as commitment and the value of hard work in addition to music and movement techniques over the course of the six-week parade season.

All three directors are alumni of groups in Drum Corp International, which is considered to be the Major League for marching bands.

Most recently, the 728 Cadets traveled to Breckenridge and Frisco in Colorado for the Fourth of July and performed in two parades. While in Colorado, the students also visited the Garden of the Gods, Hammond’s Candy Factory, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Many students would tell you, however, that white water rafting the Arkansas River near Buena Vista, Colorado, was a highlight of the three-day experience.

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