This week, Vicksburg earns the spot of “Featured Band” due to a spectacular performance against all odds at the Stevensville Lakeshore Marching Invitational on October 13, 2012.

The Big Red Machine is under the direction of Ben Rosier, and their 2012 production is entitled “Rhapsody” and features “Rhapsody in Blue” (Gershwin), “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” (Rachmaninov), and “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Queen).

Anybody who attended competitions on October 13 knows that it was a rainy day. Lakeshore had started as an indoor standstill for Class D, but the decision was made to move outdoors for the remainder of the competition. Vicksburg was the last band to perform in Class B, and up until this point, the rain had been spotty, but not unbearable. Everybody knows that the minute lightning is spotted, marching events are often cancelled. But, what do you do when that occurs with just over one minute left in your show?

If you’re Vicksburg, you finish your show to major positive crowd response.

This video is posted here with permission of Doug Patrick, Galen Patrick, and the Vicksburg High School Music Staff.

Despite the weather, Vicksburg earned 1st Place in Class B with a score of 86.60 and Caption Awards for Best Music and Marching. Additionally, Vicksburg was Awarded the 2012 Lakeshore Marching Invitational Grand Champion.


If you were unable to attend Lakeshore, Vicksburg is scheduled to perform “Rhapsody” at Jenison and East Kentwood this Saturday, October 20. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for pleasant weather, although this performance is one that the students and spectators will surely remember for a long time.

The Vicksburg Bulldog “Featured Image” was borrowed from the Vicksburg High School website.

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