Despite the rain, the Washington Marching Band Festival went on this past Saturday with some 29 schools competing.
The event, which featured parade and field events, was sponsored by Washington High School.
“It was a challenging day for us,” said Troy Bunkley, WHS band director and music department chair.
“Radar always was threatening, but through the parade and preliminary field competitions the rain mostly stayed away,” he said. “Then the skies opened up on us during prelim awards and wouldn’t let up so five of the eight bands invited to the finals decided to head on home.”
Three groups — Jefferson City, Rolla and Windsor — took the field and gave outstanding performances despite the tough conditions, Bunkley said.
“Overall, it was an outstanding day for the festival,” he said. “Our booster volunteers and student workers kept a smile on their faces throughout the event.
“I am extremely proud of the way everyone maintained a positive attitude and was open to last minute changes,” he added. “Flexibility was the name of the game on Saturday for sure.”
Top awards presented in the parade competition are as follows:
Class D — Outstanding Music, Marching, Percussion and Auxiliary awards all went to Maries R-I High School.
Class C — Outstanding Music and Marching awards, Clever High School; Outstanding Percussion, Fatima; and Outstanding Auxiliary, Cuba.
Class B — Outstanding Music, Marching and Auxiliary awards, Wright City High School; and Outstanding Percussion, St. Francis Borgia Regional.
Class A — Outstanding Music, Marching, Percussion and Auxiliary awards all went to Troy High School.
Top awards presented in the prelims for the field competition are as follows:
Class C — Outstanding Music, Auxiliary and Percussion awards, Wright City High School; and Outstanding Visual, Sparta.
Class B — Outstanding Music and Visual awards, Windsor High School; and Outstanding Auxiliary and Percussion awards, Waterloo.
Class A — Outstanding Music, Visual and Percussion awards, Jefferson City High School; and Outstanding Auxiliary, Rolla.
The Sweepstakes Trophy was awarded to Wright City.
In the final field competition, Jefferson City won the Outstanding Music, Visual and Percussion awards, and Rolla won for Outstanding Auxiliary.