Band plays final competition, receives high marks

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South trumpet players perform at the Andover Festival of Bands on Oct. 26. The band received one ratings from the judges. Photo by D. Small.

by Dale Small

In the chilling Kansas wind, the South marching band competed at this year’s Andover Festival of Bands on Oct. 26. During their performance at the Andover District Stadium, they performed songs from the Cirque du solei– La Nouba, a show which included the following: Distorted, A La Lune, Reve Rogue and Urban.

Judges rated the band with a one in all but one section of performance. As a one rating is  the highest rating, band members were very pleased. They were awarded with an outstanding score for percussion, as well as for color guard.

“It wasn’t our strongest performance, but it is has been a good year and we all are very proud of ourselves.” Woodwind Section Leader Dayton Yarrow, 12, said.

Competing against over 25 other high school marching bands, the competition was a new step for the South marching band.

“It really proved that even as a small band, we can still compete at a very high level. We have improved so much, but I am sad that the season is over,” color guard captain Madie Loomis, 10, said.

Also during their performance, performed a rifle solo during the piece Urban.

“It was really nerve-wracking, but even though I had a few errors I shocked myself when I pulled through,” Loomis said.

The Andover Festival of Bands marked the South marching band’s last performance of this year.

“The band has come a long since the beginning of the year.” drum major Tyler Beech, 12, said.

South trumpet players perform at the Andover Festival of Bands on Oct. 26. The band received one ratings from the judges. Photo by D. Small.