Grove City High School Wins Grand Master's Trophy in High Scoring Fashion

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Contact: Mallory Cage

GLENDALE, Ariz - With the highest score ever recorded in the Fiesta Bowl Band Championship, Grove City High School marched back to Grove City, Ohio with five first place awards, one second place and the coveted Grand Master’s Trophy with a score of 96.5 out of a possible 100 points.

Nine different bands from seven different states came together at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on Sunday, December 30 in the ultimate test of skill, execution and performance.

The Grove City High School Marching Band is the first school to win both the Fiesta Bowl Fort McDowell Parade competition and the Fiesta Bowl Band Championship since 2010 when Hendrickson High School from Hendrickson, Texas walked away with both awards.

Grove City also took first place in four Caption Award categories: Drum Majors, Visual Performance, General Effect and Music Performance. It also captured a second place in Percussion, failing only to place in the Auxiliary category.

Amador Valley High School from Pleasanton, Calif. took second place overall with a final score of 92.8. The Amador Valley High School Marching Band and Color Guard also took home three Caption Awards, including a first place award in Percussion and two second place awards in General Effect and Music Performance.

Close behind Amador Valley High School were the two representatives from Arizona.

Finishing a mere half-a-point behind was Basha High School’s Bear Regiment. The Bear Regiment finished the day with a final score of 92.3 and two Caption Awards in Auxiliary and Visual Performance. 

Behind Basha High School was Casa Grande Union High School from Casa Grande, Ariz. The Pride of Casa Grande received a final score of 90.7.

Rounding out the top five was Trumbull High School from Trumbull, Connecticut. The Golden Eagle Marching Band also took home two Caption Awards, a second place in Drum Majors and a first place in Auxiliary, and the Audience Appeal Award.

The evening ended with a special performance by the University of Oregon Green and Yellow Garter Bands and an appearance by the Oregon Duck.