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Am.F. band gets in winning rhythm

American Fork High School's marching band finished the 1997 field show competition season in the same place it started - first - as they swept six separate tournaments over a four-week span.

Marching to the music of Beethoven, the 200-member band took top place in the open division for big bands with 938 points out of a possible 1,000 during the 12th annual Mountain West Marching Bands Competition held in the Holt Arena on the Idaho State University campus.Mountain Crest High School's band from Hyrum, Cache County, took second place with 888 points and Elko, Nev., took third with 837.

American Fork also won the award for outstanding music and auxiliary units. Mountain Crest won the award for outstanding percussion.

In Division II for bands with less than 91 members, the marching band from Capital, Idaho, won first place. The band from Highland, Idaho, took second and Tooele High's marching band took third.

Payson High School won the outstanding percussion award for Division II.

Winners in Division 1A and 1B for the smallest bands were all Idaho bands.

Twenty-two bands competed overall in the event, which drew crowds and musicians from four states.

The bands are judged on their marching ability and skill, musical excellence, visual presentation of a field show and attached units.

American Fork now looks toward the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, Calif., as they represent Utah as the "Pride of the Sesquicentennial" in the New Year's Day events.