“Seas the Day” is the title of the 2021 LRHS Marching Band Competition Show.
The nautical-themed performance was anchored by a large senior class that put in many additional hours of hard work, which helped make this one of LR’s most successful marching seasons. The over 100-member band is lead by band director, Steve Palen and assisted by Eric Dameron. Palen is in his sixth year as the high school band director.
In marching competitions, bands compete based on band size or school size in a preliminary round. After the preliminary round, caption awards are given to recognize the best elements of the performance, such as percussion, color guard, drum majors, visual effects, horn line, and soloist. Then, bands are scored overall, and the top scores in each division advance to the finals round, where bands perform again to determine the overall grand champion of the contest.
Of the five marching competitions this season, LR took the Grand Champion title at 3 different festivals: Carl Junction, Mount Vernon, and Carthage. They took 5th place in a very competitive field at the MSU Ozarko event and rain interfered with the results of the Parkview event. Overall, the band enjoyed an extremely successful season.
At the 55th Maple Leaf Marching Festival in Carthage, LR swept every category in the preliminary round: best horn line, best percussion, best auxiliary (color guard), and best drum majors in their division with Webb City, Parkview, and Nevada. During the finals, the top 10 bands performed again. LR swept all the categories again and earned the Grand Champion title by a 30 point margin.
Band competitions are full-day events. Typically, students arrive at school around 8 AM and return home around 11 PM or later. It takes a team of supportive parents to help the band with loading and unloading equipment and feeding this large crew of hungry teenagers. It’s “all hands on deck” on competition day. The dedication from each student, parent, and instructor has helped the LR band compete at a high level and represent our school well.
VIDEO of the FINALS PERFORMANCE at the MAPLE LEAF FESTIVAL
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