Band competition excites packed gymnasium


CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM High School clarinet players (above from left) Ben Fleuchaus, decked out in a full-body Christmas tree outfit, and Jonah Heisler played during the inaugural battle of the bands competition against Oostburg during the boys’ basketball game in Cedar Grove last Thursday. Oostburg won the band competition and basketball game. Photo by Mitch Maersch

The brainchild of a Cedar Grove-Belgium High School student has added a new element to the longtime rivalry with Oostburg.

Both high school bands faced off in the inaugural battle of the bands competition during halftime of the boys’ basketball game in Cedar Grove last Thursday.

The bands alternated performing different songs as they were reviewed by a panel of three judges, who agreed to the positions on the condition of anonymity, event coordinator Dave Claerbaut said.

Two judges claimed the match was tied, and the third gave the edge to Oostburg. Nearly half of the packed house cheered the announcement of the results.

Cedar Grove-Belgium senior band member Bailey Cooney came up with the idea and made a golden drumsticks trophy for the winning band, Claerbaut said.

“We really did get more excitement into the gym, pushed school spirit and showcased our incredible band programs. It was actually a lot of fun. We are hoping to make this an annual event,” he said.

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