KINGSBURG – The Kingsburg High School Marching Band has been crowned the 2017 AA Division WBA Champion during the Western Band Association Class Championships Nov. 18. The band won best music, best visual performance, best general effect and first place.

The title is the first state championship the band has ever won, Director Mike Schofield said.

“The band wrapped up what has been a magical marching band season this weekend at Buchanan High School in Clovis,” he said.

Twelve of the 26 AA Class marching bands competed at the WBA event where classes of competition are determined by the number of performers on the field, not by school size.

On Nov. 19, the Vikings advanced to WBA Grand Championship Finals, where bands compete with winners of the other classes, as well as those that placed second and third in their classes. They also compete against the next six highest scoring bands.

Kingsburg High placed ninth in combined class championships.

“To place in the top 10 in WBA Combined Class Grand Championships is a tremendous accomplishment, as well as another first for KHS,” Schofield said.

Schofield said the band students thank the KHS Music Boosters, KJUHSD Board of Trustees and KHS Principal Ryan Phelan and Superintendent Don Shoemaker for their support. “That support is vital to the success of this hard-working group of students.”

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