Band takes top honors at Zia competition

CNJ staff

The Clovis High band pulled an encore Saturday in Albuquerque, winning top honors at the Zia Marching Band Fiesta at the University of New Mexico.

The band won the state championship and the grand championship in the 32-band field from New Mexico, Texas and Colorado.

Coupled with Tournament of the Bands last weekend at New Mexico State University, it is the second-straight weekend with a tournament win.

Clovis finished with 87.95 points in preliminary competition, tops overall and in Class AAAA. The band also earned top honors for musical achievement and visual effect in the preliminaries.

They took both of those in the finals, and added an award for general effect.

The band performed, “KeeVa,” a mixture of Cirque du Soleil music and pieces from James Cameron’s “Avatar.”

“That’s the key, having a good show,” Clovis Municipal Schools Music Director Alan Dropps said. “Then the hard work the students put in puts it all together.”

It is the school’s 11th New Mexico championship at Zia, Dropps said. Dropps was not sure of the number of grand championships won, but said it wasn’t the first time the school did it at Zia.

“Our staff worked really hard as well,” Dropps said. “We have the best staff in the state.”

Muleshoe, in Class A, did not make the final 10, but was the top finisher in its class, sweeping the awards for general effect, visual effect and musical achievement.