"I don't think you realize yet what you've done. I think it will take years for you to realize just what you've accomplished."
Jason Gossett made that comment, speaking about the pride he and parents felt about band members, at the end of a very long day of state competition on Satur-day, Oct. 25.
In division 2A, the high school marching band finished fourth in the Western Region with a score of 89.5, ranked fifth overall in music effect and ended the season with a rank of 11th overall in the state.
The weekend marked the best performance of the year for the band, earning its second distinguished rating in state competition for the season. The last time the Cougar band did so well was 14 years ago in 1989.
The Cougar Marching Band got a noticeable start to the state semi-finals with an escort of police cars and fire trucks from across the county.
The band has had its own share of tough times this season. Adam Flener was hurt, but managed to rejoin the group before the end of the season.
Spectators at the Friday night football game, Oct. 24, not only got to see a great game, they also got to see a unique half-time performance of the band's show, "Fading into Gray." Band members were all in costume, dressed as angels, damsels, cowboys, cowgirls, laundry baskets and even a very believable Mr. Gossett look-a-like in the trumpet section.
After the state performance, Gossett thanked the parents, bus drivers, and students for the hard work and dedication that went into the year.