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Cadets enjoy another championship marching season

2018 proved to be another successful marching band season for the Polk County Cadets

2018 proved to be another successful marching band season for the Polk County Cadets.

The long hours of hard work put forth by the Cadets beginning with band camp in the summer paid off as the band earned a number of awards and honors at fall competitions.

The Cadets entitled their 2018 performance “Time Machine.” The show included three songs – Clocks, featuring soloist Dylan Ballentine; Hourglasses and Sundials, with a duet by Jacob Grigg and Jillian Snyder; Digital Clocks, with soloist Itzel Avellaneda.

Honors earned by the band this fall included:

Cedar Cliff Classic
Oct. 6, A.C. Reynolds High School

  • 2nd Place Drum Major
  • 1st Place Percussion
  • 1st Place Guard
  • 1st Place Music
  • 1st Place Visual Effect
  • 1st Place Overall Class 2A
  • Grand Champion, Silver Division

Trojan Tournament of Bands
Oct. 13, Chase High School

  • 1st Place Drum Major
  • 1st Place Percussion
  • 1st Place Guard
  • 1st Place Music
  • 1st Place Visual Effect
  • 1st Place Overall Class 2A

Burns Cup Marching Invitational
Oct. 20, Burns High School

  • 1st Place Drum Major
  • 1st Place Percussion
  • 1st Place Guard
  • 1st Place Music
  • 1st Place Visual Effect
  • 1st Place Overall Class 2A
  • Grand Champion, Silver Division
  • Grand Champion, Classes 1, 2,3 and 4A

The Cadets are directed by Cindy Gilbert with assistance from Matt Putnam and Jennifer Carney. Financial support from the Polk County Community Foundation enables many students to join the Cadets, with PCCF providing funding for student band fees for the past three years. 

Others involved include:

Drill: Mr. Matthew Putnam
Staff: Brittany Stein, Katie Duncan, Spencer Taunton and Norman Moore
Drum Major: Demoi Millett
Band Captain: Jillian Snyder
Guard Captains: Paige McIntyre, Tatianna Carey
Percussion Captain: Ariel Ballard
Brass Captain: Jacob Grigg
Woodwind Captain: Dustin Holden
Equipment Captains: Dylan Ballentine, Itzel Avellaneda,
Calista Cline, Tyler Twitty and Claire Packer
Logistics Captain: Ellie Booth

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