March On

The St. Clair High band competed in the University of Missouri’s and Missouri State University’s Homecoming marching band parades last month. The band took home several awards from both competitions.

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The St. Clair High School band marched their way to victory with their performances last month as they took home several awards from two competitions.

They competed in the University of Missouri’s and Missouri State University’s Homecoming marching band parades.

The first competition was Saturday, Oct. 21, at Mizzou. Band Director Tim Karth said the 80 membered band won first in its class, best color guard in their class, best marching, best music overall regardless of class and grand champion.

“I was extremely proud of the kids. They deserve all the credit because they put in all the hard work,” Karth said.

Taking home awards “showed them all the hard work that they were doing from July all the way through now really does pay off,” he said.

St. Clair competed against nine other marching bands.

The following Saturday, the St. Clair marching band continued its winning streak at MSU’s competition. Karth said they won best in its class and best color guard in its class.

The band won three additional awards. Regardless of class, it won best marching, best precision and outstanding showmanship, Karth said. The St. Clair band competed against four other bands in their class and there were a total of 23 bands throughout the day.

“I was again extremely happy. It’s not easy to do one (competition) one weekend and then turn around and do it again, but I thought their performance at MSU, the week after Mizzou, was even better,” Karth said.

The song that St. Clair band members performed was “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite.”

“It is an old circus march and as far as I know, they have been doing that in St. Clair for over 30 years,” Karth said.

“This is a march that you would sit down and play; work on for a couple of months and do it at a concert. Not many bands march down the street using a concert march.”

He added that the song allows all band sections including woodwinds, brass and precision to be featured.

Last year, the St. Clair marching band took first in its class at MSU and first in class at Mizzou, but did not win grand champion.

“Every other year it seems like, anecdotally, that we flip-flop with Festus (marching band) at Mizzou for grand champion,” Karth said.

On Monday, Dec. 4, the band students will perform their marching show one last time for the season, “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite” and a few additional tunes, Karth said. The concert will start at 7 p.m. in the high school gym.