By Todd Gottula, UNK Communications
Grand Island Northwest won the Sweepstakes Trophy and was named the top band overall at Saturday’s 2014 UNK Band Day Parade Competition.
Twenty-four Nebraska bands marched in the University of Nebraska at Kearney Homecoming Parade and were later awarded trophies.
Directed by Shawn Pfanstiel, Northwest won the Class A division and was also awarded the trophy for outstanding drum line.
Winning the Best Color Guard Trophy was Columbus High School.
Other first-place honors went to Kearney High School, Class AA; Valentine High School, Class B; St. Paul High School, Class C; and Axtell High School, Class D.
In the middle school division, first place went to the Kearney Eighth Grade Band.
Trophies for the event were donated by the Kearney Hub. Assisting with the awarding of the trophies was Hub Marketing Director Penny Parker, along with UNK band directors Duane Bierman and Brian Alber.
UNK Band Day Parade Competition
1st – Kearney High School
2nd – North Platte High School
3rd – Columbus High School
1st – Grand Island Northwest
1st – Valentine High School
2nd – Cozad High School
1st – St. Paul High School
2nd – Wood River High School
3rd – Grand Island Central Catholic
1st – Axtell High School
2nd – Amherst High School
3rd – Deshler High School
Middle School Division
1st – Kearney Eighth Grade Band
2nd – Ogallala Middle School
3rd – Holdrege Middle School
Writer: Todd Gottula, UNK Communications, 308.865.8454
Source: Duane Bierman, UNK Director of Bands, 308.865.8607