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CHS Marching Band stepping to excellence

Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 7:31 am

The Centralia High School Marching band recently concluded its competition season on a winning note.

Caroline Milion, one of this year’s CHS drum majors.

At the recent Southern Boone Marching Band Festival, the CHS Marching Band took first in parade performance and fifth in Field Show against 10 other Class-III bands.

Kim Neighbors, going into her third year as the Centralia School District’s band director called the contest, “the Super Bowl of band contests.”

Additionally, this season, Neighbors said, the marching band won the color guard division and placed second in the parade division and field show divisions in the 15-school Macon contest.

They did not trophy in the Central Methodist University contest.

Neighbors, who started college intending to study counseling and music therapy, “I always knew I wanted to work with kids and families,” said teaching marching band has its challenges: “The biggest challenges in Marching Band are: coordinating the music and movements together.  Also, will there be enough decent weather to be productive outside?”

She said when she graduated from college, the music therapy profession was still in its infancy.

“So I went into music education and that was where I was drawn into band and marching band.”

One popular aspect of the R-VI band program is its annual pie and chili auction, Neighbors said.

This year’s pie auction will be held March 7 at Chester Boren Middle School. Proceeds from the auction are earmarked toward purchasing a new sousaphone for the band, an instrument which typically costs in the $7,000 range, she said.

For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.