BOISE — Twenty-five high school marching bands, from 1A to 5A, competed for top marks at the annual Mel Shelton DIII Marching Festival.

Ada and Canyon counties had 18 schools represented Saturday as they performed at Boise State University Albertsons Stadium.

Each school brought a unique theme to their performances, choreographed to music. Flutes, trumpets, tubas, snare drums other instruments were featured, as well as color guard performers.

The aim was to impress five judges. The bands competed within their district sizes.

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Timberline High School also won first place in the sweepstakes competition, with Skyview High School and Columbia High School following in second and third, respectively.

Cole Valley Christian High School won first place overall in the District 2A category. Weiser High School won first place overall in the District 3A category. Kuna High School won first place overall in the District 4A category. Columbia High School won first place overall in the District 5A small category. Timberline High School won first place overall in the District 5A large category.

The festival is named in memory of Melvin L. Shelton, Boise State University Professor Emeritus and director of bands, who retired in 1991, according to the festival’s website. One award is actually named after the man — the Mel Shelton overall best music performance, which went to Timberline High School.

Alx Stevens is the reporter for Kuna Melba News. Contact her at 208-922-3008 or editor@kunamelba.com.