With perfect weather, the competition side of marching season started for many area bands as they competed at the Dale Bumpers Marching Invitational in Charleston, Arkansas. Bands from Arkansas and Oklahoma were in attendance competing for Grand Champion. Eight area bands signed up to compete this year. This year, Arkansas River Valley Bands was back at the Marching Contest, to capture the action of all the competing marching bands.
The Ozark High School Hillbilly Marching Band is under the direction of Brandon Hanlon and Mike Mankins. The band’s performance this year is titled, “Pulse.” This year the Ozark Band earned 1st division in Drum Major, Color Guard, Percussion, and 1st Division Superior Ratings Overall. The Ozark Band was awarded Outstanding Drum Major, Outstanding Solo – Trumpet. The Band won High Music Score, High Marching Score, and High General Effect Score. Which earned them 1st Place Grand Champion with a score of 95.15.
The Booneville High School Bearcat Marching Band’s 2019 show is titled “Flight”, placed 3rd with a score of 89.60. The band also earned 1st Division in Drum Major Color Guard, Percussion, and 1st Division Superior Ratings Overall.
The Magazine High School Rattler Marching Band earned 1st Division in Drum Major and Percussion and 2nd Division Color Guard. The band was awarded 2nd Division Overall. Magazine placed 13th with a score of 72.24.
The Hackett High School Hornet Marching Band received a 1st Division in Drum Major and Percussion. The band was awarded 2nd Division Overall. Hackett placed 10th with a score of 75.71.
The Mansfield High School Tiger Marching Band earned 1st Division in Percussion and 2nd division in Drum Major. Overall, the band received a 2nd Division Rating. Mansfield placed 16th with a score of 63.95.
The Paris High School Eagle Marching Band received a 1st division in Drum Major and 2nd Division in Color Guard and Percussion. The Band earned a 2nd Division Overall. Paris placed 14th with a score of 68.41.
The Cedarville High School Pirate Marching Band earned 1st division in Drum Major and Percussion, and 2nd division in Color Guard. Overall, the band received a 2nd Division. Cedarville placed 11th with a score of 73.55.
The Waldron High School Band received 1st division in Drum Major and 2nd Division in Color Guard and Percussion Overall, the band earned a 2nd division rating. Waldron placed 12th with a score of 73.00.
Other awards that were given at the Dale Bumpers Marching Invitational was Outstanding Color Guard went to the Beebe High School Badger Marching Band. Outstanding Percussion went to the Pea Ridge High School Blackhawk Marching Bands. The West Fork High School Tiger Marching Band placed for 4th Place with a score of 86.55 and the Fountain Lake High School Cobra Marching Band placed 2nd Place with a score of 89.75.
Photo Credit: ARV Bands