18th Annual Parade of Champions Set For October 10

18th Annual Parade of Champions Set For October 10

Marching band fans will have a chance to see over twenty-two bands in action at the 18th Annual Parade of Champions parade and field show competition at Kahoka, MO, on Saturday, October 10, 2009.
The competition, sponsored by the Clark County R-1 Fine Arts Boosters, will begin with the parade starting at 2:00 p.m.  Twenty-two bands including CCR-1 Middle and High School bands will participate in the parade.
The fields show competition will start at 5:00 p.m. at the CCR-1 activity field. Sixteen bands will be participating in the competition.  Local fans will enjoy exhibition performances by the CCR-1 Middle School band and the CCR-1 Marching Indians.
“I’m very excited about this year’s event,” commented Heather Armstrong, president of the Fine Arts Boosters, “We have had a wonderful response from schools wanting to compete.  We have the maximum number of bands allowed for both the parade and field show competitions.”
Schools scheduled to appear in the parade are: Highland High School, Centralia Panther Pride Band, South Shelby High School, Scotland County High School, Winfield High School, Monroe City High School, Mark Twain High School, Clopton High School, Putnam County Middle School and the CCR-1 middle school and high schools from Missouri; Illini West Marching Chargers, Warsaw High School, Western High School, Quincy High School and Quincy Junior High School from Illinois; Central Lee High School, Keokuk High School, Davis County High School, and Central Lee Middle School from Iowa.
Bands competing in the field show event are: Centralia Panther Pride Band, Monroe City High School, Mark Twain High School, Clopton High School, Hannibal High School, Bowling Green High School, McCluer High School, and Winfield High School in Missouri; Illini West Marching Chargers, Warsaw High School, Western High School and Quincy High School in Illinois; Davis County High School, Central Lee High School, Keokuk High School and Mt. Pleasant High School in Iowa.
 “We have the opportunity to watch some very talented musicians from three states and we have a St. Louis area school coming this year,” commented Armstrong.  Some of the field show programs that will be performed are Tommy by Clopton High School, Batman by Illini West Marching Chargers, Reaching New Horizons will be done by Centralia High School, Davis County will do a Billy Joel show and Clark County will perform Things That Go Pop.
“I continue to be amazed at how smooth everything runs each year,” said Bob Dooley, CCR-1 High School music instructor. “That is thanks to our volunteers.  It couldn’t be done without them.”
“The boosters really appreciate the help of the entire community,” added Armstrong. “and this event takes the entire community.  The Boosters want to thank everyone for all the help.”   
Winners of the parade and field show competitions will be selected on performance of music, marching precision, auxiliary units, and overall presentation.  Special overall awards will be given to the best wind section, best percussion section, best auxiliary unit, best field commander, and best overall or the Sweepstakes Award.
“This is an important fundraiser for the Fine Arts Boosters,” said Armstrong.  “This year the money raised at the Parade of Champions will be used to buy new uniforms.”
Sweatshirts, T-shirts, concessions, and souvenir programs will all be available for purchase.  Admission will be charged for the field show competition.
“Parade of Champions shows the school and the community in a very positive light,” stated Dooley.  “It’s a great opportunity to show our visitors how students, parents, schools and the community work together to produce a quality event.”

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