Band on the mum |

Band on the mum

FARMER’S KORNER – The Academy Awards and MTV’s Video Music Awards have nothing on Summit High School’s Air Band competition.

The annual event, which invites student teams to strut their best dance moves while lip-syncing to popular music, is the highlight of Homecoming week and, for many, the school year. The event has become so popular in the past decade, it has spawned a sequel event used as a prom fund raiser by the junior class.

Stage-hands Amy Weatherford and Cat Angermeier, and the rest of the 16-member production crew under teacher Scott Porter, began preparing for the production four hours before the opening curtain. The theater technicians felt the pressure of getting every cue, light and sound bite perfect for the show, and they had practiced for the past two weeks.

“It’s so big,” said sophomore Angermeier. “No one knows what the teachers are going to do. There’s so much diversity: from pop, to rap and even live punk music this year.”

The live punk music came in the form of Punkaholics Anonymous, better known to their classmates as Marshall and Steven Anderson, Shawn Canela and Dusty Alexander. The future rock stars said students love to watch the Air Band show, and it’s only natural for performers to want to be a part of it.

“It’s funny to watch,” Canela said. “But it’s even better to be a part of it.”

When the doors to the high school auditorium opened, students made a mad rush for the best seats. Hosts senior John Wheeler and math teacher Erick Finnestead opened the show, introducing each of the 11 acts and entertaining the audience in between performances with comedic sketches of their own. Judges, including the school resource officer, teachers and media personalities, evaluated the acts on costumes, dance coordination and artistic expression.

The audience made no attempt to hide its feelings for each act – the freshman volleyball team, for example, didn’t get the warm reception the Latino rap act “The Rat” earned.

But in the end, it was the “Dateless for Homecoming” team that took top honors. Elliott Hedman, Matt Keeling, Jim Lindblom, Garrett Hedman, Mike Koop and David Carlberg blew the crowd away with their video introduction and choreographed dance to “Ghostbusters (Who You Gonna Call?).” The victory won the team $150.

“This was great,” Keeling said. “We had a lot of fun putting it together.”

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237 or

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