Arcadia High School Marching Band Sets Record as First SUSD Marching Band to Win First Place in State Championships
Phoenix, Ariz - Sixty-six students of the Arcadia High School Marching Band competed at ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium Saturday in the ABODA State Division III Championships against seven of the top bands in Arizona. After only four years of Arcadia Marching Band’s inception, and it’s second season of competitive performance, “The Spirit of Arcadia” Marching Band won the First Place State Title. Receiving 82.375 points, they earned the highest 1st place score in Division III history. The Saturday before, November 11th, 2017, Arcadia High School Marching Band also claimed First Place in the AZMBA 2A State Competition, at Campo Verde High School.
The 2017 winning program, “Statuesque”, is a scene set in a serene European garden with 6 marble statues on pedestals, played by the Arcadia Color Guard. Using the music of Don Barrett, the show begins and ends with the gentle sound of marimbas and bells. Throughout, the music builds with passion and impressively strong moments as the band marches together in perfect step. As the band plays, the statues come to life to play, dance, and even fall in love. Soon, their time comes to an end, and they return to their pedestals as the gentle sound of the vibraphone from the front ensemble ends the show.
Earning first place was a special moment for all the sixty-six members who worked hard since band camp in the hot July sun, daily zero hour practice beginning at six o’clock before school, after school practice twice a week, and competitions every Saturday lasting from morning to night. However, the award was especially emotional for the Arcadia seniors, who began the marching band program in August 2014. Last year, their first year competing, “The Spirit of Arcadia” won second place at the State Championships.
The “Spirit of Arcadia” was formed in 2014 under the guidance of AHS band director, Jan Gardner. Mr. Gardner worked with students to create and grow a program to be proud of. While the current Arcadia students were outstanding, Mr. Gardner understood that to continue the program, working with the Elementary and Middle School students was integral to the marching band program's success. Therefore, he worked together with band teacher, Mrs. Terra Hunsicker, from Arcadia feeder schools: Ingleside Middle School, Hopi Elementary School, Tavan Elementary School, and Echo Canyon School. Thru programs like Future Titan Night, where 8th grade band students play with the marching band at a football game, and sharing Winter Concert Performances at Arcadia, students enthusiasm for band was enhanced for the future. It is insight like this from Mr. Gardner that led the program to first place in state in such a short time. He sees greatness in all Arcadia students, and he has high expectations for them, both in high school and beyond.
Marching Band season is officially over, but there are more events to come in the school year. “The Spirit of Arcadia” will march in the Parada Del Sol on February 10th, 2018 through Downtown Scottsdale.
Watch the ABODA State Championship Performance at https://youtu.be/bgZz1PSEx4c
Follow The Spirit of Arcadia on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram at @RKDAMarchBand
The Arcadia Cross Country boys and girls teams both finished fourth overall at last Friday’s Sectional Meet at the Cross Roads Park in Gilbert, thus propelling both teams to the 2017 State Championship Meet. The Titans had three medalists at the Sectionals – Senior Dallas Greene took 4th overall in the boys race, with Junior Ben Waggener finishing 13th. For the girls, Nichole Kaiser raced to 4th place. The State Meet is set for this Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Cave Creek Golf Course. Girls will run at 8:30 AM, and Boys at 9:30 AM.
GO TITANS – LET’S ROCK STATE!!!
Pre-State Pasta Dinner for all Runners – This Thursday at 6 PM (or whenever practice ends) at the Jacobs Home.
For complete results from Sectional, see link:
The Arcadia student film “Orientation” was selected as the only High School entry at the Fifth Annual Jerome Film Festival, September 7-10, 2017. The other films selected for the Student Films Competition were all made by college film-makers. Current Arcadia students involved in the film were Jacob Staudenmaier (Director/Editor), Lindsay Formica (Screenplay Writer/Sound), and Heather DeGroote (Photography). The students are enrolled in Advanced Film-Making taught by ANN & Film Instructor Eric Luse. The film concerns an awkward man who attempts to have a successful job interview, but it ends up going south very quickly. The Jerome Film Festival was recently selected by MovieMaker Magazine as among the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World”. More information about the Jerome Film Festival can be found at www.jeromefilmfestival.com.
Arcadia's Spiritline competed for the FIRST time in the AIA Regional Championships on
Saturday, Nov 14 at GCU
They took 8th place out of 13 teams and advanced to the State Championships on January 23 at GCU.
Way to go Spiritline!!
AND Spiritline is in their Second Competition this Saturday, November 21 at Estrella Foothills HS at 5:15 pm - Wear RED to Support Spiritline!! #TitanPride
Congratulations to our Golf Team! Their Second Place finish is the highest position Arcadia has finished in decades!!
Congratulations to our golfers on their individual tournament placements:
#3 Madison Voisard
#10 Sloane Van Zanen
#12 October Hanke
Impressive play in a field with over 90 golfers!
Girls Golf Team Roster: Madision Alire, Emily Altieri, Paige Brown, Caroline Hackert, October Hanke, Elyse Rangel, Sloan Van Zanen, & Madison Voisard
Three Arcadia students - Allison Gooch, Jacob Staudenmaier and Dallas Greene - had their film "Seven Crossings" selected from among 60 entries in the A3F 2015 International Fright Fest Film Festival. Their film was chosen, along with 6 other films for the "Arizona Shorts", and was shown at the AMC Centerpoint Theaters in Tempe in October. The film also was voted one of the Audience Favorites. The three students are in Mr. Luse's independent film-making class. "Seven Crossings" was the only high school student submission selected for the Film Festival.
Click HERE to watch "Seven Crossings"
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