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April 16, 2013

DHS Band wins fourth consecutive sweepstakes


One year ago, Duncan High Band Director Jeramy Haas challenged his then juniors to win sweepstakes for the fourth consecutive year, a feat not accomplished in the high school’s history. This year, those students made history.
The Duncan High School won its fourth consecutive OSSAA Sweepstakes, which takes into account the band students’ scores in marching, site reading and concert performance. This year’s seniors were among the members of the first group to win Sweepstakes after a period of three-years without a win.
“We’re the only band in Class 5A to get sweepstakes four years in a row,” Haas said. “Three years ago, we were the only band in Class 5A to get sweepstakes.
This year’s group consists of 22 seniors, including Will Hugon and Shawna Adams. Hugon and Adams said the band members have continued to push one another to succeed. And both said Haas has been the biggest pusher of all, as he has constantly encouraged them to do their best.
They said this year’s DHS Band students have been motivated to win.
“I thought the band sounded great,” Hugon said. “We really worked hard in band rehearsals.”
This crop of seniors have been receiving Superior (I) ratings since they were sixth-graders at the Duncan Middle School. But it wasn’t until they reached high school that they had the opportunity to win sweepstakes.
Haas said the seniors have only made up a portion of the talent in the band each year. He said the band may lose quite a few students when they graduate in May, but there will still be plenty of great performers to help fill the void.
Adams said the motivation of the band students, coupled with the band victories, has made being part of the band a rewarding experience.

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