BHS Marching Band wins first place at Leavenworth Autumn Leaf Festival

The Ballard High Marching Band pulled out a first-place win at the Autumn Leaf Festival last weekend in Leavenworth after nearly missing the whole parade.

The 150-member band was scheduled to leave at 8:30am on Saturday morning, but a mix-up with buses meant they were delayed an hour. On top of that, a snowstorm at Steven’s Pass on Highway 2 slowed traffic. When they finally pulled into Leavenworth, the parade was already underway.

The students quickly changed into their uniforms while still on the bus, and with the help from parents, BHS Director of Bands Michael James directed the buses as close as possible to the parade assembly area.

“They literally marched away from the buses and into the parade with no stopping or pausing, to applause and cheers of onlookers,” Roxanne Kenison with BHS says.

After a successful march, the band discovered they’d won first place out of 19 bands in the festival parade, and took first place in the 4A division.

The festival was the first performance of the year for the band — their next performance will be this Friday, Oct. 4 at the Ballard Homecoming Game. Friday’s show will include a 10-minute Aretha Franklin tribute that will includes her greatest hits: Think, Natural Woman, and Respect.

Photo by Roxanne Kenison


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Ballard By Boat
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Ballard By Boat

Great job BHS Band! And before elenchos2 gets here, no, marching bands aren’t a symbol of the ‘patriarchy’, so shut it in advance!

Paintkong
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Paintkong

Ha! Solid callout on elenchos2!!!

elenchos2
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elenchos2

Maybe next time the school/parents could act responsibility and have the buses scheduled to arrive at the appropriate time (as well as checking the weather) so that children don’t have to undress on a bus together.

Also this sentence doesn’t make any sense: “After a successful march, the band discovered they’d won first place out of 19 bands in the festival parade, and took first place in the 4A division”

I also don’t see much diversity in that photo, I’m shocked. Not!

terryj
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terryj

people like you make the world less likeable. diversify this

VeganBiker
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VeganBiker

elenchos2 – what is the point?

Paintking
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Paintking

Please don’t go away mad, just go away. Thank you in advance.
Way to go kids! Nice job representing Ballard!

Freja
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Freja

No matter where we all fall on the political spectrum, the one thing we all agree on is that elenchos2 is an idiot, waste of space.
We can always bond about that.

Ballard By Boat
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Ballard By Boat

So, so true. However, we shouldn’t call it an idiot. e2 might have a genuine learning disability that makes it incapable of posting anything of value other than some rambling, half-hearted attempt at identity politics justifying.

Paintking
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Paintking

Right effing on!

terryj
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terryj

Well done folks!!!!

SurlyAF
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SurlyAF

Great job, congrats BHS Band!!