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Mohon marching band wins state competition

"[We were] happy cause wow, we did it, and sad because it's our last year," said Brem. "I won't miss the cold nights though, not at all."

Senior Kaleb Coffie, tuba player, also expressed his happiness for winning the competition.

Both agreed they joined band because all of their friends were in it and they have become like a family with fellow band members.

"I just have a lot of friends in band and it makes it enjoyable," said Coffie.

Brem agreed and said, "Pretty much all of my friends are in band."

During the last two weeks of August the band practiced intensely and in September through October the band meets from Monday to Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Brem said sometimes the day of competitions for the band stretches from 5 a.m. to midnight.

In all of their smaller competitions, Coffie said they came in first place except for one where they came in second; so being on top is nothing new to the band.

"The other [competitions] are like stepping stones to get to this big competitions at the end to see how you do statewide instead of just the little competitions," said Brem.

Getting out on the field of the Carrier Dome was a exciting and daunting experience, said Brem, but after the excitement begins to settle for a little bit the focus goes right back to trying to win.

"You just focus for those seven minutes and all that practice and all that time we did all that practice for seven and a half minutes," said Brem.""

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