The Marching Band

The Camas High School Papermaker Marching Band is composed of all symphonic and concert band students during the fall sports season.  Also known as "The Big Red Machine," it is a vital part of home football games at CHS.  The band helps provide "a college-like atmosphere" (to quote one newpaper writer) to our home games.  The band's well-known pre-game "Jericho March" around the track is interrupted only long enough to stop and play the visiting team's fight song for their fans in order to welcome them to our stadium.

The marching band also performs in four parades each year: Veterans' Day (Vancouver), Macy's Holiday Parade (Portland), Longview Downtowners Holiday Parade (Longview), and the Long Beach Loyalty Day Parade (Long Beach, Wash.).

Students who play oboe, bassoon, bass clarinet, or string bass in concert band will play a different instrument for marching.  Typically, this means flute, clarinet, or saxophone (for woodwinds) and cymbals or euphonium/tuba (for string bass).  Horn and euphonium players play on marching versions of those instruments owned by the school.

Many students choose to keep their "beginner" instruments and use them for marching, since the weather outside is frightful, at least later in the season.

In odd-numbered years, the band marches in Disneyland or Walt Disney World.  See the Band Tour link for more info.