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Talk of the town: Stanley Blue Jay band shines at Minot State Parade

Minot – The Stanley High School Marching Band turned in one of their patented strong performances this past weekend.

Under the leadership of the award winning director Mr. Evan Meiers, the Blue Jay band marched in the Minot State University homecoming parade. The SHS Marching Band dazzled as they made their way from downtown Minot northbound over the new Broadway bridge to the MSU dome, leaving a trail of amazed spectators in their wake. The long route would have been insurmountable for most bands but the Stanley Blue Jay band was unfazed, thanks to their tireless preparation.

Junior Drum Major Daphne Enander led the 110-student band up and down the streets of Minot. She is one of four Drum Majors along with Jace Ruud, Stephen Dauwalder, and Travis Dean. The quartet are integral in the leadership of the Blue Jay band.

Following the parade, the buzz surrounding the band continued to circulate at the Minot State Football tailgate events. The spectators couldn’t stop raving about the enormous band from the small community of Stanley.

“It’s performances like this that have led to the program’s success,” said Meiers. “The students make this happen, they put in the hard work during rehearsals and we all share a common vision.”

Special note from Mr. Meiers and the Blue Jay band:

“The students and I would like to thank the community of Stanley for their continued support, the administration (including our amazing athletic director), members of the school board, cheer team, custodians, the bus barn folks, football team, Stanley Laundrymat, Dean Trucking, John/Jean Meiers, Erin Meiers and of course all of the parents for making performances like this happen!

A special thank you to Ian Grande and Kelly Roemmich for being the #1 bus drivers for the SHS Band!

Thank you to the teachers who help me out as well before the performance!”

*Ian Grande is the Editor of the Stanley Gazette. If you have any comments or concerns please email StanleyGazette@gmail.com

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