Farmington High band makes history


Farmington High band makes history

Farmington High School’s band played as Governor Spencer Cox replaced a time capsule under the cornerstone at the Utah State Capitol on May 18. 

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these students,” Farmington High School Band Director Brek Mangelson said. “One hundred years from now, our students’ names will be on the program that will be removed in 2122 by the future governor. It’s pretty cool to think about!”

The new capsule contains items representing the Utah of today, collected by the Governor’s Office, House of Representatives, Senate and Capitol Preservation Board. It replaces a time capsule placed on the southwest side of the capitol on April 4, 1914. 

Twenty band members were requested by the governor’s office, to replicate the number of band members playing then the original time capsule was placed at the capitol. 

“I’m honored that our students and program will be representing musicians from across the state, as well as our school and community, in this time capsule ceremony,” Mangelson said.

Mangelson explained how the honor of playing at the event came about. A member of the Farmington High marching band staff is also the director of strategic initiatives in the Utah Department of Cultural Community and Engagement Office. He suggested the band after hearing the governor's request.