Band Places 4th at Ozark Mountain Marching Festival


Haileigh Houston

Left to right: Elijah Stafford (10), Austin Masters (12), Luke Cockroft (11), Craig Brinkman (9), and Brian Carroll (9) march at the Fall Festival earlier in the school year.

Haileigh Houston, Asst. Social Media

On Saturday the 18th the Fair Grove marching band participated in the annual Ozark Mountain marching festival. The competition took place at Reeds Spring. They took their positions at 1:30 in the afternoon.  Some schools in the same class included Ava, Aurora, and Hillcrest. Drum major Maegan Holland explains “We did really well based on the circumstances, I’m proud of us coming together.” The band received Fourth place in their class.

Their performance held three movements. The first of which included Poseidon , the second Hades, and finally the third, Zeus. Overall the members felt they did very well, Brittany Morris stated, “We performed well, some things could have gone better, it was overall pretty successful.”

After the ordeal was over they attended a clinic. In this clinic a band director told the group how they could improve themselves. The clinic leader,a former band director, gave the band tips. One of the things the director suggested was more dynamic contrast in their music. They also needed to improve on uniformity and watching their own drum major.

This year Fair Grove missed making finals by one spot. They landed fourth with a score of 68 out of 100. Last year however they made it to finals. This year Fair Groves’ toughest competition was Aurora. Republic took first place in the competition. Austin Masters felt they did well. He went on to say, “This is the best we have done, we made the second highest band score posted for Fair Grove, I’m sad we didn’t go to finals but I’m glad we ended on a high note.”