During the past few months, the successes and tragedies of the American Fork High School Marching Band have been highly publicized.
The band was overcome with the loss of Heather Christensen, an Assistant Band Director, who was tragically killed in a bus accident following a band competition in Pocatello, Idaho.
Since then, the band competed at the “Red Rocks Invitational Marching Band Competition” on November 6, 2009, at Dixie College in St. George, Utah. More than 25 bands competed. The American Fork Marching Band took first place, earning the state championship.
The following day, November 7, the band took first place in the “Bands of America, Western Regional Championship” in St. George, Utah. Bands from Utah, Washington, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico, and California competed for the championship.
The band has been invited to compete in the Grand National Championships, an annual competition held in Indianapolis this coming weekend, November 13-14, 2009. (The American Fork High School Marching Band is currently ranked 7th nationally.)
The band was the first from Utah to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2007. The band was invited to play at the 2005 Presidential Inauguration. The band marched at the Rose Bowl Parade in 2002. The band has won the equivalent of the state championship for the past 18 consecutive years.
The band’s featured program for this year is “The Greatest Generation,” a tribute to the men and women who have served our country in the Armed Forces.
CONGRATULATIONS to the band for its resilience and excellence.
In order to travel to Indianapolis this coming weekend, the band is seeking sponsorships and donations. Please call today (801-610-8400) and send your donation to reward these students for their hard work. Please make checks payable to the Alpine Foundation-RE: AFHS Marching Band and mail to 575 North 100 East, American Fork, UT 84003. Your donation is tax deductible.