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CHS Marching Band finds success

Posted on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 6:44 am

Drum majors Brandon and Lauren Hoffman with CHS Band Director Kim Neighbors

Drum majors Brandon and Lauren Hoffman with CHS Band Director Kim Neighbors

The 54 members of the Centralia High School Marching Band and Color Guard have enjoyed a successful competition season.

Saturday, Oct. 21 CHS’ marching band and color guard rolled south to Ashland where they competed in the Southern Boone County School District’s second annual marching band contest. That contest included a parade competition as well as color guard and drum line competitions in the Southern Boone High School Gym as well as field competition on the athletic field.

A member of the color guard during a half-time performance.

A member of the color guard during a half-time performance.

The results, for Centralia, were very good, CHS Band Director Kim Neighbors said. “We placed 1st in class 3A parade competition, 1st in class 3A Field Show competition, and 2nd in class 3A Indoor Color Guard Competition.  There were approximately 14 bands there that day.”

That is not the only contest they dominated so far this season.

October 14 they competed in the Monroe City Marching Festival., “We placed third in the class 3A Field show competition and we also received Best Color Guard in class 3A parade,” Neighbors said  She estimated they competed against at least 20 bands.

The marching band in half-time action.

The marching band in half-time action.

One of the color guard in mid-spin.

One of the color guard in mid-spin.

And before that, their first gig of the season, they took some bands to school at Wright City where they competed in that district’s band festival. “It was our first competition of the year, September 23” she said. “We placed first in parade competition and first in field show competition.”  She estimated the Panther Pride Marching band competed against at least 15 schools.