The seventy-seven members of the Lake Stevens High School Band are
favorites at football and basketball games. They consistently entertain
crowds wherever they’re performing at the time.
Viking band is competing against 33 other high school pep bands in The
Rock Wood-Fired Pizza & Spirits’ School of The Rock – Battle of the
“The top prize is $10,000 and if we win it will go to buy
uniforms, instruments and all kinds of stuff,” Neil Proff, Lake Stevens
High School Band Director said. “With how big our program is getting to
be, I would probably buy equipment.”
The Bob Rivers Show on KZOK
102.5 radio invited high school bands to perform live on the radio,
which the Lake Stevens band did on Nov. 24.
The song has to be a classic rock title and they also have to make a video which can be viewed at www.bobrivers.com
The Vikings chose the song Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, originally by AC/DC.
explained that when radio personality Spike walked into the room and
saw 77 band members ready to perform, he wasn’t exactly thrilled.
However, he changed his mind after the band started playing.
were the biggest group that has ever been in their studio,” Proff said.
“After we played, Spike had a look like, this is awesome. It was very
While many schools focus a lot of their time on the
marching side of performing, Proff likes to spend more time learning
and playing music.
“We spend a lot more time on the music than
we do on the marching. I would rather teach my kids to play well than
march around in a uniform,” he said.
Proff is appreciative of
all of the support the band has gotten over the years and is looking
forward to having even more students in the near future.
“Currently, there are over 270 students currently enrolled in band in the seventh ad eighth grades, “ he said.
is done through text messages only and the public can vote up to 10
times per day. The band is currently in third place with the voting
ending on Feb. 2.
“If we are in the top 10 numbers of votes,
then the judges panel takes over. The judges will pick their top three
favorite groups,” Proff explained.
Stay tuned for the results of the Battle of the Bands 2010.