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Reader submitted: Wildcat marching band begins competition season

It began with long, hot 12-hour practice days in July. The days turned into weeks of marching and learning the music.

Finally they were ready. This coming Saturday, the Clovis Wildcat Marching Band takes to the competition field for the start of the 2010 season.

Once again, they will start the season at the Tumbleweed Classic held in Denver City, Texas.

At this competition last year, the band received the Grand Champion Award, taking honors for best clarinet solo, best percussion, best auxiliary, and best drum majors. This is the eighth time in nine years that the band has taken grand championship honors at this competition.

This season’s show is called Keva, and it features selections and visuals from the movie “Avatar.” The music is robust in places, with hauntingly mellow solos spread throughout.

Honoring New Mexico heritage, the band forms a giant Zia symbol in their musical routine. The Color Guard brings to the show a brilliant spectacle of color and dance routines featuring Kokopelli figures.

The band hopes that this show will continue to bring them the honors that their shows in the past years have.

Last year, the band received New Mexico Champion at the Zia Festival in Albuquerque, and placed a very respectful third in the Tournament of Bands competition held in Las Cruces.

Striving for national recognition, the band will also travel to the Bands of America competition being held in St. George, Utah. They will compete with some of the best marching bands of the western United States. Bands of America competitions are recognized as the premiere high school marching band event in the United States.