The Del Norte High Marching just returned from the "Pride of the Northwest" Band Competition in Grants Pass.

The young men and woman of the band have put several hundred hours of work into this year's field show. This included a one-week band camp that took place the week prior to the beginning of the school year.

The band did well, placing fourth in the preliminary round and advancing to the finals, where it took seventh place overall.

Del Norte High was the smallest band to attend this competition, and it was onlysecond-ever field show competition. The night would belong to Roseburg High School, which fielded 114 members and took top honors in all judged categories and first place overall.

During the wait for the points to be tallied, all the bands gathered and sat in the visiting side bleachers in individual sections. All the schools were cheering and chanting, leading the announcer to question why Del Norte High School, the smallest school here, was making the most noise?

This was answered with greater enthusiasm from the eight bands in attendance.Several special awards were handed out during the ceremony.An award for the band showing the most "Esprit De Corps" was selected based on the band's overall attitude, sportsmanship and self-discipline.Del Norte High was selected, causing a great roar to erupt from the Del Norte band students.

The night ended as the Del Norte band members were standing by the school bus awaiting the ride home. Roseburg band members suddenly appeared, marching down the street returning to their bus. The Del Norters formed up on the sidewalk and began chanting; "Way to go Roseburg, way to go!"

Replies of thank-you came from Roseburg's ranks.

An unattributed welcome message appears in the beginning of the program for this event, and it ends by saying "please take a moment to appreciate how hard each and every student has worked to put on such an outstanding performance. They have developed a set of skills including leadership, cooperation, mental discipline, physical coordination and dedication, all of which will contribute to their becoming positive and productive citizens in the future!"

This statement is important for us all to remember. Thank you to the School Board, district administration, high school administration and band director Daniel Sedgwick for their continued support of our children and the music programs in Del Norte County.