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The Maricopa High School Marching Rams performed at the AzMBA Rainer Classic at Mesquite High School in Gilbert Oct. 5.

The performance showed significant improvement in several areas from the hard work the students put in during their Fall Band Camp. The highlight was Maricopa High School Marching Rams receiving the caption award for “high Auxiliary,” which means the Color Guard received the highest score in the 3A class.

In fact, Maricopa received the highest Color Guard score in any class. The Color Guard instructor is Eliana Araiza, and her assistants are Dannie Bradley and Alyssa Harper.

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Overall, the band finished in sixth place in a very experienced group of strong marching band programs. The band received praise for the design of the show and ideas. It also received very clear feedback for improvement when they return from Fall Break.

“The band is excited to see what is in store for their next performances,” music director Ivan Pour said. “A special thank you goes out to MHS band parents for their help with meals. Without parent support, our success would not be possible. We invite you to come see the Marching Rams in action on Senior Night at the Oct. 18 football game and the AzMBA Williams Field Show on Oct. 19.”

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