September was a great month for the Kaiser High School’s Catamount Pride Band and Color Guard and its director, Anthony Allmond.

The Kaiser students captured second place in their category at the L.A. County Fair on Sept. 20, returning home with a $5,000 prize for their excellence.

The L.A. County Fair High School Marching Band Competition invites local high school marching bands to compete during the fair’s daily parades in hopes of winning a cash prize. Bands compete in three categories: Open Class, for bands of all sizes; Class A, for bands of 65 or more; and Class B, for bands of 64 or less.

“We are so proud of our Kaiser band for putting on another outstanding performance,” Kaiser High Principal Terry Abernathy said. “Their talent and dedication to their art speaks to the level of achievement that every Kaiser student aspires to, and we are proud to have them represent our school, district and city.”

The second-place finish continues a tradition of success for Kaiser, which represented FUSD on a world stage as the premier band in the 2019 Rose Parade in Pasadena.

“Kaiser High School’s Catamount Pride Band and Color Guard continues to represent the standard of excellence we strive for in Fontana Unified, and we are proud of their accomplishments,” FUSD Superintendent Randal S. Bassett said.

----- IN ADDITION, Allmond had a special opportunity to be featured on "The Kelly Clarkson Show" on Sept. 10.

Clarkson did a segment on music teachers and Allmond was one of 20 recognized during the TV program.

"We all received a $5,000 Norweigian cruise!" Allmond said.

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