There are two things you can always count on when it comes to the marching band program at Farmington High School. One is the band putting on an award winning show and the annual Trivia Night.
With close to 100 people ready to play, the Farmington Band Boosters held this year’s annual event on Saturday in the cafeteria of the local high school.
“It’s always fun to play along with parents, supporters and former students,” said John Minnis, the beginning band instructor at Lincoln Elementary. “It’s a win-win night as we get to play trivia and support the band at the same time.”
For the sixth straight year, the event was organized and emceed by Brian McNamara.
The trivia questions were divided into ten categories with questions ranging from musical show tunes, movies, football bowl games, and famous rock and roll album covers.
During one of the breaks, Linda Huck, the director of bands for the school district, was heard asking a table of music instructors if they were able to name all of the overtures of the show tunes. No one is really sure if Huck received an answer.
“Trivia Night is always a fun evening of music and fellowship,” Huck said. “Many thanks to those who come to play and to the McNamara’s for organizing the event.”
In addition to the musical sampling during trivia, members of BKMB entertained the crowd before the evening with renditions of “Mustang Sally” and other notable songs. To the delight of the band and those in attendance, Huck and Elliot Naes, the assistant band director, joined their students, Huck on the saxophone and Naes on the trumpet.
Although it is an evening of fun and camaraderie, the popular event helps raise money for the marching band to offset cost associated with competition events, performance at local sports events and supplies just to name a few.
During the evening’s festivities, McNamara took a moment to announce Huck’s retirement as band director and teacher after more than 30 years with the district. In addition, he also announced the McNamara family would also be retiring as organizers and emcees of Trivia Night.
The marching band finished their season winning all three of the competitions they attended and the band received the caption awards for outstanding music, visual and color guard at each of the competitions. In addition, the band was named the Dan Stecker Grand Champion Award at the Rebel Invitational.
Craig Vaughn is a reporter for the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-756-8927 or at email@example.com