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Community Member Performs in ASU Halftime Show

Stapley Junior High band playing on the field at Sun Devil Stadium. Community member Skylar Johnson (center) playing his clarinet to "Maroon and Gold."

On Saturday, October 14, more than 600 band students from local Arizona schools played alongside the Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band during the halftime performance at Sun Devil Stadium.

The group of Arizona students included a Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member.

The performance was part of Sun Devil Football’s Second Annual Junior High Band Day Extravaganza. Community member Skyler Johnson performed with his classmates, representing Stapley Junior High School. Johnson has been playing the clarinet for four years, starting in fifth grade at Hermosa Vista Elementary. The students were given musical note sheets one week in advance to prepare them for the performance.

Two songs were selected, the Echosmith song “Cool Kids” and the ASU fight song, “Maroon and Gold.”

The Stapley Junior High band wait to perform during half-time.
The purpose for ASU hosting this mass band performance was for students to experience what a college marching band is like, to encourage students to continue band beyond high school, and for both junior high and ASU students to interact on an educational level. Johnson’s father, Levi Johnson, said Skyler practiced in the mornings and evenings before the performance to make sure he was ready. Hearing him play the ASU fight song, “It was like heaven, like angels floating around the house,” he said.

The performance also happened to fall on Skyler’s birthday. He said, “It made it better than on a different day.” One day, he hopes to play for ASU’s basketball and football teams and be in the marching band.