The Mountain Crest High School marching band claimed the sweepstakes trophy Tuesday night after more than 2,000 students from 17 high schools performed field shows in Cougar Stadium.
The 12th annual Rocky Mountain Marching Band Competition, hosted by Brigham Young University, featured music and field routines by 15 bands from Utah, plus bands from Elko, Nev., and Blackfoot, Idaho.In addition to winning the sweepstakes award, Mountain Crest, in Hyrum, Cache County, also won awards for its percussion and auxiliary units.
Named as outstanding drum majors were Erik Briggs, Dan Ray and Kevin Runolfson of American Fork High School's band, which also won the open division. Davis High School, Kaysville, took second, and Blackfoot took third.
In Class A, Pleasant Grove High School placed first, while Springville was second and Murray third. Roy High School picked up awards for both its percussion section and drum majors Paul Tracy and Tana Spalding. Payson received the auxiliary award.
Judges scored the bands on their music selection and execution, showmanship and performance in marching and maneuvering, percussion, and auxiliary units (flags, rifles, dance).
BYU's Cougar Band, directed by Don Peterson, performed an exhibition at the close of the competition.