On Oct. 1, the MHS band attended Central Methodist University's Band Day in Fayette. Competing in Class 4, Monett finished less than one point out of third place.
"Central Methodist is where both Mr. Borgmann (assistant band director) and I did our undergraduate degrees so it was fun to take our bands 'home,'" said MHS Band Director Danika White. "While we didn't place, we saw a whole different set of bands that we've not competed against before.
"Each time we do that we learn what's going on around the rest of the state," added White. "It helps to keep us sharp."
The Ozark Mountain Festival in Reeds Spring was up next on Oct. 8, and Monett band members brought home a first place trophy in Class C competition as well as the Outstanding Horn Line award.
By finishing first in its class, the Monett marching band was invited to compete in the finals performance where the Cub musicians earned seventh place.
White was thrilled with the band's performance at Reeds Spring.
"One of the band's goals for the year was to get back into finals competition, and they were thrilled to accomplish that in our third competition of the year," White said.
"Personally, I'm always shooting for an outstanding horn line award," said White. "To have the band receive their second one of the season is thrilling. Each year our activity raises the bar on what marching band is and what it takes to be in the top. These kids are pushing to exceed that bar in virtually every rehearsal. It's really exciting to see the results of that work for them."