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Hastings band continues 61-year tradition

The Hastings High School Marching Band Tuesday upheld the precedent of earning straight Division I ratings at the Michigan High School Band and Orchestra Association District festival in East Kentwood. “The tradition started in 1959 under the leadership of Art Steward,” co-band director Spencer White wrote in an email message Tuesday night. “This year marks the 61st consecutive year the band has attended the festival and received top honors.” The Saxon marching band currently has 146 members and recently placed second at the Rockford invitational and took first place in Otsego, while also receiving best music, best marching, best percussion and best guard awards. The band finishes its competition season Saturday at Grandville High School, performing at 4:30 p.m. Here, the Saxons perform as non-competing host of the Hastings Marching Band Invitational. (Photo by Kathy Maurer)



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