The St. Clair High School Marching Band placed first at a competition Saturday, Sept. 29.
Band members traveled to Sullivan High School for the competition that started at 9 a.m. and it included a parade around the city park and through downtown, according to Band Director Tim Karth.
A total of 18 bands competed in the parade portion. St. Clair was up against Potosi and Wright City in their category class.
The St. Clair band earned first place in the blue class category, in the best drum majors category and for best auxiliary, according to Karth.
Regardless of class, St. Clair came in second to Waynesville. The color guard also received the highest score, he added.
“I am really proud of the band,” said Jessica Knight, senior tenor sax player and section leader.
“This is the earliest we have ever competed in a parade competition. We did great considering how early it was.”
Knight said the best part of the day was “being surrounded by all the bands from all the schools. It was such a warm and inviting environment.”
Karth said he could not be more proud of the band members.
“It was amazing to be around so many people who love band,” he said.
This is Karth’s third year as the head band director for St. Clair High School.
“This year we have really embraced the idea that everyone is in this together,” he said.
Karth added that every member of the band is important.
“From the smallest freshman to the tallest senior, everyone contributes,” Karth said.
“To see the way the upper-classmen have taken the lower classmen under their wings is what will stick with me.”
Superintendent Dr. Kyle Kruse said he is very proud of the marching band.
“Several people made a special point to tell me how sharp our students look and how good they sound,” he said.
“Our band program is a great example of the St. Clair R-XIII is committed to excellence.”
Principal Dr. Jennifer Davis said band directors Karth and Megan Orf “do a fabulous job with the St. Clair High School band.”
“Our folks have set the expectation very high and our students continually step up and surpass the goal,” Davis added.
“Hard work pays off, and our band and guard definitely put in the hard work.