As I had said before, Jamboree 2018 was great and everyone that attended had a great time. At some point though the fun had to turn toward the serious business of the ASOB. First thing Saturday morning, the bands had to put their game faces on.  Each bandsman donned the costumes of their respective troops and got into character for what proved to be a great championship race.

This video is the entire 2018 Fantasy Competition. Four bands competed on stage in the following order:

  1. Al Azhar – Calgary|Alberta Canada
  2. Midian – Wichita|Kansas USA
  3. Abdullah – Overland Park|Kansas USA
  4. Khiva – Amarillo|Texas USA

Each band put forth a wonderful effort and really showed how much talent our Oriental Bands have. You all sounded great gentlemen. I will reserve telling you the outcome for another post. You can decide which band was your favorite!  I am sure you will get your feet a tapping and your body swaying. If you are moved to get up and actually start dancing, don’t worry, I won’t tell!

Signing off, until next time!


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About the author

Darren resides in Billings Montana but originally is from Massillon Ohio, having moved to Billings over 25 years ago. He is very active in the Al Bedoo Shrine Temple and the Al Bedoo Oriental Band. Darren served as Potentate of Al Bedoo in 2014. He is also a Past President of the regional association, PNSOBA, having served as president in 2015-16.

Darren is married to Timmie-Lynn Poglajen and they are about to celebrate their eleventh anniversary. Timmie-Lynn, who introduced Darren to the Craft and Shriners is very active in Daughters of the Nile. She served as Queen of her local Temple in 2011 and presently is serving her seventh year on the DON Supreme Action Committee.

Darren has been I.T. Professional in many different industries for over twenty years, currently working for Kampgrounds of America, Inc. Headquarters in Billings and is the "solopreneur" at DeHass Technologies.