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Examiner
  • Golden Regiment again shows its golden touch

  • The Golden Regiment competed at the Bands of America Grand Nationals at Lucas Oil Stadium, the site of the 2012 Super Bowl. The band placed 16th out of 92 bands overall. In addition, they placed second in Class AAA and are national champions in Class AAA in the Music Effect category.

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  • The Blue Springs High School Golden Regiment Marching Band has again proven that it is among the best in the nation.
    “The students came off of the field very excited about their performance,” said Tim Allshouse, director of bands at Blue Springs High School, about the group’s performance at the Bands of America competition in Indianapolis over the weekend.
    “Although the result was certainly amazing, we know it could have very easily gone either way with the quality of the top bands from around the country and we are very humbled by the awards," he said. "Although the placements/awards were certainly incredible, I think the band and staff would agree coming off of the field knowing that we had come together as a team and were ending this journey together with an incredible performance was the real award.”
    The Golden Regiment competed at the Bands of America Grand Nationals at Lucas Oil Stadium, the site of the 2012 Super Bowl. The band placed 16th out of 92 bands overall. In addition, they placed second in Class AAA and are national champions in Class AAA in the Music Effect category.
    “It is hard to describe. It is similar to when an athletic team is just in sync with each other,” Allshouse said. “It was one of those magical moments in time when you really felt connected to every member in the band, and we all came off of the field knowing it was a special performance that we would never forget. You could see the twinkle in their eye. Some of them were even tearing up a bit. It was just plain emotional and special.”
    The Bands of America competition is recognized as one of the top marching band competitions in the nation. Allshouse said the event is different from others in many ways. Not only is the venue larger, but the competition is aired live on the Internet.
    “It is difficult to describe all of the behind-the-scenes things that go on,” Allshouse said. “Just the process of warm-up and taking that walk down the long driveway into the tunnel/airlock area is impressive. One feels like you are getting ready to blast off in a rocket.
    “Being surrounded by some of the finest marching bands in the country is an incredible experience as well. Just being there is huge. It is a marching band mecca. Many of the top bands came from high schools of 3,500 up to just under 6,000 in their schools, so we were definitely a small fish in a big pond. 
    "The concourse area was filled with hundreds of music vendors with new products on the market. It was much like a student music convention.”

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