Ask any member of the Stillwater High School Band about this past Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, and they will tell you it was a great day to be a Marching Pioneer. The Band competed at the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association (OBA) 6A-1/6A-2 State Championships where they placed second in class 6A-2 for the first time ever and made Finals for the first time since 2012. Top bands from throughout Oklahoma performed at the competition, and the SHS Band placed ninth overall.
“I think this season has exceeded everyone’s expectations,” said Director of Bands Kevin Zamborsky. “These students worked incredibly hard, and performed at a very high level throughout the season. More importantly, they were great students and representatives of our Stillwater community. I think we will all remember this season for many years to come, and I hope it will serve as a springboard for our bands in the future to build on the successes experienced by the students this year.”
This year’s show was inspired by the fictional substance and well-known weakness of Superman: “kryptonite.” The show features music from Michael Daugherty’s “Metropolis Symphony,” Charles Rochester Young’s “Tempered Steel,” Superman” by Five for Fighting, and “Kryptonite” by Three Doors Down. The next opportunity for the community to see the band perform at Pioneer Stadium will be on Thur., Oct. 25 when the undefeated Pioneers play Putnam City High School. The band will only perform a portion of “kryptonite” to allow time to recognize their Seniors. The SHS band are scheduled to march this Sat., Oct. 27 in the Oklahoma State University Sea of Orange Homecoming Parade.