Band achieves victory, now preparing for more competitions

In Eureka on Jan. 29, the winter drumline and winter guard arrived at their competition. It is here where the drumline placed third in its section and the winter guard placed second. This served as a kick-off for both of their seasons.

The winter drumline and guard will be having practice, alternating every other day, for the rest of the week.

In other news, the State Music Conference was from Jan. 26-29 at Tan-Tar-A Resorts in the Lake of the Ozarks. Two band participants–senior Luke Eckhoff, who plays the clarinet, and senior Logan Miller, who plays the guitar–performed. Eckhoff played numerous pieces in the All-State Orchestra and was the second highest ranked clarinet player in the state. Miller played multiple pieces as well, but as a member of the All-State Jazz Band and was selected as the top guitar player in the state.

“[The two band members] both did really well representing our school on a state level,” said Band Director Nathan Griffin.

As for upcoming events, the sixth hour Band Ensemble is currently prepping for a competition of its own: a Jazz Festival. This event will be at Fort Zumwalt North on Feb. 16. The exact time for this event has not yet been decided on.