Local high schools again proved their musical fortitude and showmanship during the Colorado Bandmasters Association 2013 state marching band championships.
Air Academy High School swept the 4A division, winning the state championship and placing first in music, visual and general effects. The band also had the highest score of any other competing band. This is the fourth consecutive year for Air Academy to take the title.
Three other local schools placed high in the 4A division. Liberty High School came in third, Rampart High School was fourth and Mesa Ridge High School ranked fifth.
Pine Creek High School, Widefield High School and Sand Creek High School also competed.
In all, marching bands from 12 area schools made it to the state quarter finals, semi-finals and finals, held recently in Fort Collins and Grand Junction.
Fountain-Fort Carson High School, Doherty High School and Palmer High School competed in the 5A division, an Harrison High School and Woodland Park High School competed in the 3A division.