Kamiak hosts Music in Motion show

Inaugural marching band competition fills local void
By Sara Bruestle | Oct 02, 2013
Photo by: Sara Bruestle Kamiak Show Band marches in the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Parade on Sept. 7. See the band perform "Night Circus" at the inaugural Music in Motion marching band competition Oct. 5 at Mariner High School's Goddard Stadium.

If you go to high school football games just to see the half-time show, then Kamiak High School’s Music in Motion show is for you.

The Kamiak Show Band is hosting its inaugural marching band competition from noon to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Goddard Stadium.

The Kamiak Performing Arts Boosters fundraiser will showcase 12 marching bands, most from the greater Seattle area, although a few are from as far away as Beaverton, Ore.

“If you’ve ever gone to a marching band competition, it’s like seeing the half-time football show without any football,” said Toby Bathurst, director of bands. “And without any loud fans that are talking and yelling throughout the performance. You have a captive audience.”

Gates open at 11:15 a.m. Preliminaries run from noon to 3:15 p.m. and the finals run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Award presentations will follow. Each routine lasts about 8 minutes.

High school bands competing are: Cascade, Cedarcrest, Ferndale, Marysville, Newport, North Mason, Peninsula, Spirit of Silverdale, Stanwood, Sultan, Sunset and Tumwater.

Spirit of Silverdale is a collaboration of Central Kitsap High School and Klahowya Secondary School.

The Kamiak Show Band will perform its “Night Circus” show. It is customary that the host band not compete.

“It is very interesting to watch the creativity expressed in the way the bands interpret the music and the theme they have chosen,” said Cynthia Davis, Music in Motion chair. “I like the variety and I love the music.”

The bands will be judged on visuals, music and overall effect. A perfect performance scores 100 points.

First, second and third place trophies will be awarded, as well as several “best of” awards: best percussion, best color guard, best music, best visual and best overall effect.

“The kids have worked super hard for a long time,” Bathurst said. “When they first started they were not very good, and by the time they get to competition, they’re really, really good.”

Marching season starts the second week of August and runs through the first week of November – with competitions scheduled every weekend – but before Music in Motion, there was no local competition for Oct. 5.

Music in Motion fills a void for bands in the greater Seattle area, from Olympia to Bellingham, that can’t afford to go to the Tri-Cities or Portland, Ore., to compete.

“We offer an extra opportunity to perform, because not all these bands can travel,” Davis said. “They usually only get one or two competitions to show off their skills.

“It’s nice to see them come and be able to compete. We don’t normally get to see these bands in competition.”

Kamiak hoped for at least seven bands to compete – and was overjoyed when 12 signed up.

“We here at Kamiak are very much in need of replacing a lot of our larger, more expensive instruments,” Bathurst said. “Our school is now 20 years old and so are the instruments.”

Music in Motion is one of many fundraisers for the Kamiak Performing Arts Boosters Build the Band campaign. The goal of the multi-year campaign is to outfit the band with new tubas, baritones and percussion.

All together, the band will need an estimated $100,000 to replace instruments. (One tuba costs $6,000. Kamiak needs eight of them.)

Already, Kamiak has collected $15,000 – through fundraisers, donations and grants – and purchased five marching baritones and one marching tuba.

Bathurst said Music in Motion will become its largest annual fundraiser, to be held the first weekend in October.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for children. A family pack is $40. Concessions, T-shirts and sweatshirts will be available at the stadium.

Goddard Stadium at Mariner High School is located at 200 120th St. S.W. in Everett.

Up next: Kamiak will compete this year in the Bands of America Marching Championships in Hillsboro, Ore., on Oct. 12; in the Puget Sound Festival of Bands at the Everett Memorial Stadium on Oct. 26; and Nov. 2 at the NWAPA Championships, also in Hillsboro, where the Knights end their season.

Kamiak’s show band practices about 360 hours per season – not including breaks or time in school.

Their routine “Night Circus,” is inspired by the 2011 book of the same name by Erin Morgenstern.

For more information, call 425-420-6509 or email bandliaison@kamiakarts.org.

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