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Monett band takes third place at Webbstock contest

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Members of the Monett High School Marching Pride Band and Color Guard that participated in the 2011 Webbstock competition and finished third are pictured above. Members are: Kaylee Barnes, Shelby Bennett, Kara Hopkins, Leanna Marion, Leah Miller, Anna Salas and Kayla Yonker, flutes; Rebecca Bickford, Emmy Mosier, Angelina Ortiz, Hailey Pappas and Samantha Vore, clarinets; Chance Gray, Janie Salas, Angel Townsend and Thomas Willis, alto saxophones; Derick Holmes, Rebekah Jones and Jennifer Rueda, tenor saxophones; Bridget Barta, Chris Dunaway and Danni Palmer, trumpets; Kendra DePriest and Jonah Ragsdale, French horns; Caleb Blue, Matt Bricker, Aaron Morley, Michael Morley and Garrett Stadter, trombones; Elias Mata and Kenny Mobley, baritones; Sally Ferrell, D.J. McVay and Shane Solomon, tubas; Alison Bekas, Giovanny Canales, Abby Hearn, Caleb Miller and Cheyenne Stockton, percussion; Bobby Mobley and Bridget Barta, drum majors; and Daniel Bryan, Joyce Cunningham, Hannah Kingrey, Alexis Lombard, Emily Miller, Megan Rickett and Stacy Rutherford, color guard. Danika White is the band director. Todd Borgmann is the assistant director.
The Monett High School band, under the direction of Danika White, recently participated in Webbstock VII, a band competition hosted by Webb City High School.

Webbstock was originally designed as an educationally based festival where bands could perform as much of their show as they had ready and receive immediate comments from nationally recognized judges and clinicians.

The seventh annual event hosted 28 high school marching bands coming from as far as St. Louis and Warrensburg. The stadium held thousands of spectators throughout the day. The event was coordinated by Webb City Director of Bands Diana Williams.

Approximately 3,000 students were on the field throughout the day, and as each left the field, they attended a 30-minute clinic with judges who offered feedback.

The contest features a prelims/finals format with the clinic following the prelims performance. Directors can choose a full band or staff-only clinic. The clinic is designed to give feedback in the area of music, marching and show design from both a performance and creativity standpoint.

Bands are divided into classes by school size, but bands may request to compete in a larger class. Each band will receive a DVD of both performances. All comments are digitized onto a disc, and the judges comments are e-mailed to each director.

In addition to field competition, there is an indoor competition for guard and percussion.

Webbstock had 14 Class 4 bands. Class was split into two divisions. Monett placed third in the red division and also received the Outstanding Horn Line award.

"I am pleased with our results," said White. "Especially the outstanding horn line caption award.

"Concert band is the core of any band program and the outstanding horn line caption confirms that we are headed in the right direction as an entire program, not just as a marching band," added White.

The festival has grown from 10 bands in its first year to 28 this year, which is maximum capacity. It has also developed from a festival that attracted local bands to being a festival that brings bands in from across the state.

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