Tuba players from the West Salem High School marching band perform at Premier Night on Friday, Aug. 27. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

Percussionists perform at the West Salem High School Premier Night on Friday, Aug. 27. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

West Salem High School drum major Gary Hickam presents a first place award to the tuba section in the marching band Section Challenge and Premier Performance on Friday, Aug. 27. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

West Salem High School drum major Gary Hickam directs the school’s marching band in the Premier Performance on Friday, Aug. 27. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

West Salem High School tuba player David Hodges performs with the band at Premier Night on Friday, Aug. 27. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

Correction: This article originally misspelled drum major Gary Hickam's last name. Salem Reporter apologizes for the error.

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