LYMAN — Ryan Neilson and Zoie Olguin, LHS band members, earned the right to wear the red, white and blue with the bucking horse symbol on their shoulder when they were tapped to be members of the Wyoming All State Marching Band.
They marched with the band in marched in Cody on July 3-4, and in Sheridan on July 13. They will march in Cheyenne tomorrow with the band in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Parade, and agin in Rock Springs Saturday July 28.
A future march will be when the Wyoming All State Marching Band goes to Philadelphia, Pa., as the band was selected to participate in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade.
The All-State band has over 250 students from 28 different high schools from the state of Wyoming. Olguin and Neilson are the only two band members from Uinta County who were selected to be members of the All-State band.
This November the band will be in Hawaii performing at the USS Missouri Memorial and the Hawaii Ki Christmas Parade.
The Wyoming All State Marching Band is currently under the direction of Dan Holroyd.
The Wyoming High School All State Marching Band was first formed during the summer of 1990 to help celebrate the Wyoming State Centennial. That summer, they performed around the state of Wyoming for cheering crowds. On Jan.1, 1991, the band performed in their first “Tournament of Roses Parade.” At that time the band numbered 180 musicians.
Due to the success of the first band, the band has been reassembled several times and have performed in many areas. In 2001, the Wyoming All-State band performed in the President’s Inaugural Parade in Washington D.D. as, the new Vice-President Dick Cheney, was a Wyoming native. Different musicians but the same band has represented Wyoming in multiple locales. The band performed in Honolulu in 2008, several times at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade, with the last time in 2011; Macey’s Thanksgiving parade in 2012 and USS Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbour.
Zoie Olguin, left, and Ryan Neilson are part of the Wyoming All State Marching Band and are shown here when the band marched in Cody on July 4. COURTESY PHOTO/Zanna Clifford Olguin