Pride Of Owasso Band Takes Home Top Honors

Wednesday, April 20th 2022, 5:57 pm
By: Matt Rahn

OWASSO, Oklahoma -

When you walk into the Owasso High School band building at any given time, you’re bound to hear something good. It's that kind of hard work that led to the program bringing home perfect scores from the State Concert Contest.

"To get straight superior ratings with every single ensemble it's pretty rare, it’s hard to do," said Director of Bands Chris Harris. He said the four ensembles that performed were scored by 24 judges, all of whom gave the band a superior rating, which led to the coveted sweepstakes award.

Harris said what's really impressive about all of the awards is that they pulled it off after a long break from competitions during the COVID-19 pandemic. "This has been our first normal year, and our kids absolutely came back with fire in their eyes, and it was great to not only see how hard they worked, and how well they played, but to actually get awarded from the state association," said Harris.

He said the seniors shined this year -- like French horn player, Daniel Fair, who has committed countless hours to perfecting his skills. "It feels good, it kind of feels like all of our hard work that we put in for months paid off. It's good to know that we can play music for people and they enjoy what we've put together for them," Fair said

That hard work made for more than just a successful state contest. Owasso's band program made perfect scores on everything it competed in this year, from marching band in the fall to now, which is something director Harris is proud of. "It's really special this year ... we really didn't expect this kind of season to happen this early," he said.