Mesa’s Mountain View High School finished second Friday at the annual Fiesta Bowl band championship competition – bested only by Southern California’s Chino High School, now a three-time winner of the event event’s Grand Master’s trophy.
Mountain View led the 34th annual competition after the preliminary round – with Chino just behind. But Chino bested the Toros, and the field, in the finals, capturing either first or second place in four of the five categories.
Only six bands – including four from Arizona – participated in this year’s competition, held at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Southern California’s King High School, from Riverside, taking third overall.
Other Arizona schools included Glendale Sandra Day O’Connor, Chandler Hamilton, and Kingman high schools.
For the first time, four university bands participated, with the marching bands of the University of Iowa, University of Oklahoma, Stanford University, and Oklahoma State University playing to the crowd. Stanford and OSU’s contingent are in the Valley for Monday’s Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, while OU and Iowa were in town for Friday’s Insight Bowl, held in Tempe at Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium.