DETROIT — After marching its way to the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA) state finals held at Ford Field Saturday, the Belding High School band can now officially call itself one of the top bands in the state for the 2013-14 school year.
Placing 8th out of 12 teams to qualify for the final competition in Flight IV (schools with fewer than 729 students enrolled), the band was rated on everything from the music to its field presence and general effect. Belding earned 77.1 points out of a possible 100. First place Godwin Heights finished with 86.5 points.
And even though the band placed eighth this year — it has placed as high as third at the state finals in the past — this year’s score was one of the best the band has received.
Belding Band Director Laura Hyler said that is because band members continued to get better throughout the season.
“Our score on Saturday was one of our highest,” she said. “We continued to improve each time we performed.
“They put their absolute best on the field and I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Titled “The Bermuda Triangle” the band’s performance got better as the season went along, culminating with Saturday’s performance.
“This is what we gear toward, is this day,” said Belding Band Director Laura Hyler. “Most of the season is geared toward the state finals.”
In order to qualify for the state competition, a band must compete in at least two of the approximately 20 MCBA contests throughout the year.
In those competitions, the band must score high enough to place it in the top 12 scoring bands in its flight. The 12 bands who compete in the state finals are determined by averaging each bands top two scores throughout the year.
MCBA is a nonprofit corporation focused on promoting instrumental education in Michigan schools and offers clinics for band directors, instructors and students. It sanctions band contests and hold the annual state competition.
MCBA judges come from all throughout the United States and Canada, according to the MCBA website. They have “extensive training” as judges and are affiliated with nationally-known judging organizations.
The Belding Band’s performance during the state finals can be found on YouTube by searching for “Belding Band Bermuda Triangle.”