The marching band competed in the 2A division at the contest. The competition separates bands into divisions based on band size, rather than school enrollment.
The marching band has racked up a series of wins in its premier season, including Second Place overall and First Place in Drumline at the Oct. 15 Davis Cup Marching Band Competition; Outstanding Percussion and third-place awards at the Nebo Invitational; and a Third Place trophy at the Mt. Timpanogos Invitational. It is under the direction of Bill Mattingly and assistant director Caleb Shabestari.
"College is very important because it provides the opportunity for someone to attain a better quality of life than they would have if they'd only graduated high school," says Olivia, who plans to study biology at the University of Utah. "My parents have had a savings plan for me since I was born. We talk about what I can do to save money for college, like putting away money from my paychecks and applying for scholarships."
Each year, Utah students are invited to design a bookmark to be submitted to the UESP "Make Your Mark" Bookmark Contest. UESP and Zions Bank award a total of eight $1,000 UESP college savings scholarship accounts, or two each for the following grade-level categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12. The bookmark will be printed by Zions Bank and UESP.
Brighton High's “Oklahoma!” will be Nov. 7-9 at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 9. The show, written by the legendary Rogers and Hammerstein, also will be performed Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale online. Cost is $5.50 for students and $8.50 for the general public.
Corner Canyon High's first-ever musical is “Seussical the Musical,” which is based on the infamous madcap stories of Dr. Seuss. Students will perform Nov. 21-25 at 7 p.m. Cost is $8.50 in advance online and $10 at the door. Tickets are on sale online.
Hillcrest High is presenting “The Wiz,” an urbanized re-telling of the “Wizard of Oz.” The shows will be Nov. Nov. 21-23 and Nov. 25. Shows are at 7 p.m. Cost is $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
Alta High's “Peter Pan,” a musical based on the classic tale by J.M. Barrie, will be Dec. 12-14 and Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. A 2 p.m. matinee will be Dec. 14. Cost is $8.25 in advance or $9 at the box office the nights of the show. Tickets will be available in the school's main office and online.
Jordan High is producing “Fiddler on the Roof,” the first Broadway musical to surpass 3,000 performances. The shows will be held Feb. 20-24 at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $6.
The marching band won second place, and its drum line won first place, at the Oct. 15 Davis Cup Marching Band Competition, the oldest of its kind in Utah. The win is a big one for the new marching band, which welcomes participants from throughout the district and is housed at Alta High School. The students competed in the 2A division — competition categories are based on band size — at the more than 40-year-old annual competition, and faced off against seven other schools with established marching band programs. The new marching band also has secured Outstanding Percussion and third-place awards at the Nebo Invitational, and a Third Place trophy at the Mt. Timpanogos Invitational.
The inaugural CSD marching band will participate in the marching band state championship in St. George Friday, Nov. 1. The band is under the direction of Alta's Bill Mattingly and assistant director Caleb Shabestari. View photos of the band on Facebook.
The honors in the schools' respective divisions are as follows:
- Alta: Sweepstakes First Place, Buckingham Division;
- Corner Canyon: Sweepstakes Second Place, Ensemble First Place, Oxford Division;
- Hillcrest: Sweepstakes Second Place, Ensemble First Place, Duo/Trio Dance Second Place, Buckingham Division.
The annual event at Southern Utah University this year drew a record 3,000 competitors from 118 schools in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin and California. The competition is judged by arts professionals from cities including New York and Los Angeles. They also taught students workshops on topics such as stage combat, improvisation, movement, modern dance techniques, and choral performance.