Union High School took the top honor for bands at Saturday’s Starlight Parade, winning the sweepstakes award.
Skyview, Mountain View and Hockinson bands also won awards.
“Anytime you get recognized for excellence, that’s a good thing,” said Lewis Norfleet, Union’s band director. He’s been director for four years, since the school opened.
“I think we marched 210 in the band including the dance team,” Norfleet said. The band played “Midway March” by John Williams and “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga.
“Pretty extreme opposites, but that’s the fun of the Starlight Parade,” Norfleet said. “I really love the parade. It’s really a fun crowd.
“I thought the band did a great job,” Norfleet said, adding he appreciated help from his assistant band director, Max Rees.
“It was blast. We had a great time. … The students really like the parade because the crowds are up close and they’re energized.”
Thousands watched the 2011 Portland General Electric/SOLV Starlight Parade in Portland.
Mountain View took second place for out-of-state schools with 100 or more musicians.
Skyview took first for out-of-state bands with 99 or fewer musicians. And Hockinson took second place in that category.