On Saturday, the EHS Marching Mustangs competed in the annual University of Central Missouri’s Homecoming Parade, where they earned a first place finish in Class 4. There were 18 bands competing in various classes and when ranked by total points, Eldon’s score was also the highest score overall. The 18 bands were judged in three areas: music, marching, and corner execution, which combined to make the total score. It was exciting for the EHS Marching Mustangs to be able to watch a performance by the UCM Marching Mules during the awards ceremony, which includes two EHS band alum, Ryan Miller and Travis Seek Unfortunately, the Mustangs were unable to take part in the Pre-Game activities due to inclement weather. The band would like to take this opportunity to thank the chaperones who went along on this trip and the parents who came out to support us.
On Saturday, January 21, 10 Eldon Middle School students participated in the CDMMEA Middle School Honor Band, held on the Waynesville High School Campus. Students spent the day rehearsing followed by a concert given at 5:00 that night. The 7th grade clinician was Ms. Lori Hutton, band director at the Marshfield school district. The 8th grade clinician was Ms. Beth Jinkins. This was an outstanding learning experience for our kids, and they also represented our school well. 7th grade students participating were Sydney Johnson, Mikaya Wallis, Alexis Ross, and Aaron Wolfe. 8th grade students participating were Kelsey King, Saryna Patel, Shelby Bledsoe, Serena Johnson, Chad Pollett, and Holly Enowski.
Also on Saturday, as a result of auditions held in October, 2 EHS Seniors were selected to perform with the CDMMEA Studio Jazz Band. Cody Bishop and Corey Matthias rehearsed with this group on Saturday, with guest conductor Mr. Chris Becker. The day concluded with a concert at the Waynesville High School. During the concert, both Cody and Corey were featured with solos.
Eldon Band directors Rex McCargar and Ashley R Hanks were very proud of all of the students who participated on Saturday. These students made us “Proud to be a Mustang.” We would also like to thank all of the parents who went to the concerts at the end of the day.
On Saturday October 29th, the Eldon High School Marching Mustangs competed in the Missouri State University Homecoming parade along with 27 other bands from around the state. The Marching Mustangs received a 2nd place trophy in the Class 4A division. Divisions are made based on school size and trophies are given to the top bands in each of the 5 divisions.
Along with the 2nd place trophy in their class, the Marching Mustangs were excited to receive the Overall Award for Outstanding Musical Sound. This award is given to the band that has the best overall score in the music category out of all 28 bands competing that day.
The Marching Mustangs next performance will be at the half time of Wednesday’s District Football Game at School of the Osage.
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