Marching band awarded Superior One rating at Emporia State University competition

The band competed against 12 other high schools

Tricia Drumm, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

The marching band received a Superior One rating at its competition against 12 other schools at Emporia State University on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The band performed its medley called “Planet Queen”, which is composed mostly of Queen songs such as “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Mars,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and  “Jupiter”.

Assistant band director Elliot Arpin thinks that the band improved from its previous performance in Bonner Springs in September. He said it was the best performance that they had all year.

Junior drum major Kasey Meeks agrees with Aripn.

“We did better than we did at Bonner, but we definitely could do better,” Meeks said.

Even though the band placed in the 80th percentile overall, Arpin feels the band deserved the score it was presented.

“Obviously, I thought there is room for improvement,” Arpin said. “The judges do too. We agree on that front.”

The competition also had separate categories for best drum majors, best color guard and best drum-line. The marching band did not win any of those categories. Arpin said there are little things that can always be made better.

“On the big picture, it might look okay, but we can look closely at individual details,” Arpin said. “There is stuff we could have executed a lot better.”

As one improvement, Meeks said the band could pay better attention.

“We tend to not be focused [at practice],” she said. “That could really help us.”

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