Writer Tom Scanlon
What’s that sound pulsating through Anthem? The thundering drums, inimitable tubas, blaring bugles?
It’s the Boulder Creek Jaguar Pride Marching Band. They are growing, with nearly 100 members. In its first year at the Division 1 level, Jaguar Pride was ranked No. 2 despite being the smallest band in the division (other schools have bands between 150 and 190 members), and placed 11th overall in the state competition.
They are loud, they are good; you can even say “superior.” Led by band director James O’Halloran, the Jaguar Pride received the Superior with Distinction award at Northern Arizona University’s 2013 Band Day. This past fall they were honored again, earning an Excellent rating.
As it takes a village to raise a child these days, it takes boosters to raise a band. Perhaps in no other sport or activity is parental support as key. Hence the Boulder Creek High School Band Boosters, who help raise funds so the band can compete.