The Duncan Banner

November 3, 2013

DHS Band places eighth in OBA contest

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Duncan High School Band’s marching season is drawing to a close. And for its final contest, the band placed eighth overall, while giving what Band Director Jeramy Haas referred to as its best performance.

The band competed in the Oklahoma Band Association (OBA) contest Oct. 26 in Mustang. The contest featured 4A and 5A high school bands from around the state. And the DHS Band was one of the competing bands to make it to finals.

“They performed in the pouring down rain,” Haas said. “I feel they performed the best show all season — in the rain.”

Rain started just minutes before the DHS students were scheduled to perform in the finals. Haas said the rain did add a bit more adversity for the band students to endure, but the band came together to entertain and compete.

Although OBA had given the Duncan High School Band the option to wait 15 minutes to let the rain clear, Haas and the band students chose to compete in the rain. Haas said the students had been warming up just prior to their performance and were ready to compete when their time came.

“We were very proud of their performances,” Haas said.

Less than a week before the OBA contest, the DHS Band competed in the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) regional band competition. In that contest, the DHS group received three Superior (I) ratings from the three judges.

The OBA contest wraps up the marching band competitions for this school year.

“This was the last contest of our marching season,” Haas said. “We’re starting the transition into concert band.”