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State Marching Band Contest

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Like most of the other horn players, Fort Dodge Senior High Marching Band trumpet player Kade Nielsen, 14, keeps his mouthpiece warm before the performance by keeping it in his cheek.
-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Fort Dodge Senior High Marching Band players Jonathan Madden, at left, along with Isabel Gruver, right, perform a melophone duet Satuday during the band’s performance at the Iowa State Marching Band Contest in Dodger Stadium. Fort Dodge earned a Division I rating, the highest possible.
-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Members of the Fort Dodge Senior High Marching Band pretend the trombone is way out of tune as part of their performance Saturday in Dodge Stadium during the Iowa State Marching Band Contest.
-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
The Fort Dodge Senior High Marching Band cymbal player stands ready in the endzone as the group prepares to take the field during the Iowa State Marching Band Contest in Dodger Stadium Saturday.
-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Fort Dodge Senior High Marching Band drum major Reagan Black does double duty Saturday on the electronic upright bass.
-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Honor Guard member Olivia Stiles keeps the wind in her flag Saturday during the Fort Dodge Senior High Marching Band’s performance at the Iowa State Marching Band Contest in Dodger Stadium.