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Flushing Marching Band takes third place in state finals

By Sam Tunningley


The Flushing High School Raider Marching Band took to Ford Field Saturday, November 4, to compete against 11 other bands in their flight. Photo courtesy of FHS Band Director Brad Davis. The Flushing High School Raider Marching Band took to Ford Field Saturday, November 4, to compete against 11 other bands in their flight. Photo courtesy of FHS Band Director Brad Davis. FLUSHING — The Flushing High School Raider Marching Band placed third in their flight during the Michigan Competing Band Association’s State Finals for the first time since 2010 last weekend.

The band, comprised of 75 students, competed in Flight II in Detroit at Ford Field against 11 other schools. Each school is assigned into a flight based on school size – Flushing, said Band Director Brad Davis, is on the smaller end of things, but still beat out comparatively larger schools.

The show this year was titled “Beyond Human,” which Davis said revolves around cyborgs assimilating into a human society and the concept of artificial intelligence.

Davis said the band competed in four events during the fall, including invitationals at Madison Heights, Lakeland High School and Clarkston High School, finishing with a sixth place average to secure a spot in the finals. This is his first time earning the bronze since he took a position as a band director.

He said a major component to their success has been the cooperation and support from all over Flushing.

“Marching band touches every part of our school district – tons of parents make a huge effort,” said Davis. “We succeed when we’re all working together.”

The top two spots in Flight II went to Jenison High School and Reeths- Puffer High School. The finals marks the end of Flushing’s competitive marching band for this year.

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