MHS Band making mark in competitions

Saturday, October 5, 2019
The Monett High School Marching Pride in formation at the Mt. Vernon High School Band Festival on Saturday. Contributed photo

Marching Pride takes first in division in Mt. Vernon

The Monett High School Cub Pride Band has kicked off the 2019 competition season with back-to-back first place division wins.

On Sept. 21, the band performed at the Carl Junction Marching Festival, receiving Best Color Guard and Best Percussion, as well as first place in their division. During finals competition they placed seventh overall.

On Sept. 28, band members performed at the Mt. Vernon band competition, again taking first place in their division, third overall and third place in People’s Choice. The band has been working since late-July.

"Their hard work and dedication is seen in every performance," said Sherry Hull with the MHS Band Boosters.

This year’s show is entitled "Discovery." The opener is the main title piece from the "Star Trek: Discovery" TV series. The production number is “Pure Imagination” from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," which was inspired by Drum Corps International’s Santa Clara Vanguard arrangement. The closer is “Enterprising Young Men” from the new Star Trek movie series.

The band performs at home football games during half time. Upcoming competitions include Valhalla Marching Band Festival in Springfield on Oct. 5, Branson Marching Invitational on Oct. 12, and the Carthage Maple Leaf Festival on Oct. 19.

Band directors are Philip Soule, Todd Borgmann and Elisa Wren. Percussion is coached by Scott Murphy and color guard receives direction from Lindsay McKnight.