Conway High School showed off its skills and brought home several awards from the 2013 Showcase of Bands this weekend.

Band Director Tim Cunningham said the students have been working for months on the show performed against 45 other bands at War Memorial Stadium.

"We’ve been working toward this since we started in early August," he said.

Conway brought home the highest award — the Brandon Award in class AAAA/AAAAA — along with several others including Outstanding Music, Outstanding Marching, Outstanding General Effect, Outstanding Color Guard, Outstanding Drum Majors and Outstanding Drum Line. Conway’s Jake Bass also won Outstanding soloist.

Conway’s performance theme was "365" and the band took the audience through the seasons in music. Cunningham said it started with "Summertime," moved to "September" followed by a winter mix including "Joy to the World" and "Baby, It’s Cold Outside" and finished with "I Can See Clearly Now the Rain Is Gone" blended with "Summertime."

"It just comes full circle," he said.

Cunningham said the Conway marching band works with Brantly Douglas and Christian Carichner from UCA to develop the show. Douglas writes the drill and Carichner writes the arrangements.

"We’re very fortunate to have two of the professors at UCA that help us significantly," he said. "I meet with them through the year and we come up with ideas for a show. Once we decide on a theme, we decide what music would fit with that theme."

The Arkansas Showcase of Bands is put on in conjunction by Play It Again, Arkansas, a program that works to make sure needy students have instruments to play. The competition serves as a fundraiser for the program.

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