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MARCHING SEASON IN REVIEW

The Sound of Panther Pride marching band has officially completed their most successful competitive season in school history; earning twenty-one awards over the course of four competitions including the Grand Champion trophy at Carrollton and the Sweepstakes trophy at Trenton! “This year has been amazing. Beth [Jinkins], Jon [West] and I are incredibly proud of each individual that makes up the best band in school history. We always tell them that it’s their band, not ours and they really took that to heart. They are champions!” stated director Nathan Long.

Of the four marching festivals that the Oak Grove band attended, all but one offered four different aspects of competition. Having a long history of success at Oak Grove, is the eighteen member colorguard unit. Led by captains Callie Tripp, Chandler Minnis and Miranda Strickland, these girls forego their instruments to instead twirl flag, spin sabre, toss rifle and dance throughout the field show. They provide a vital visual element to an already complex field show. The Oak Grove colorguard took home a total of five awards. The remaining fifteen colorguard members are Brittany Kendall, Jenna Gibson, Taylor Elliott, Alexa Easley, Savannah Purkey, Amy Jo Montgomery, Allannah Williams, Lexi Allen, Alexandria Cochran, Sydney Hall, Ali Vinke, Maddie Taloney, Emily Teasley, Allyssa Groseclose and Sierra Smith.


Colorguard results:
Carrollton Band Day Second place indoor
Central Methodist University Festival (Fayette) First place indoor
Central Methodist University Festival Best on field auxiliary
Missouri Days Marching Festival (Trenton) First place indoor
Missouri Days Marching Festival Best on field auxiliary

Relatively new to the competitive field is the Oak Grove drumline. Captains Anna Lee and Katie Kim set out to be the drumline that set the bar at each competition and succeeded in that endeavor. “That last show at Trenton was an emotional roller coaster for all of us,” said marimba player Mikayla Bullard who continued with “I’m already excited for next year!” The other members of the OGHS drumline include: Josiah Bowers, Brandon Zimmerle, Brooke Eason, Jordan Provo, David Saucedo, Breanna Drury, Cordelia Minnis, Josh Denham, Aaron Frank, Kirstin Rogers, Mallory Peters, Megan Ray, Jackson Engelhard, Jake Harrenstien, John Macrander, John Teasley, Jeremy Dunn, Mac Dumsky, Patrick Yuille, CJ Grewell, Jessica Kim, Emily Stovall and Nathan VanVleck.


Drumline results:
Carrollton Band Day Second place indoor
Carrollton Band Day Best on field drumline
CMU Fayette First place indoor
Trenton First place indoor

The Sound of Panther Pride went undefeated on the streets at the three competitions that offered an adjudicated parade. “The last parade of the year is always my favorite. Everyone leaves all they’ve got on the streets,” exclaimed trumpet section leader Daniel Drury! Not only are the panthers undefeated for the 2014 season, they have a seven year streak at Carrollton and a four year stretch at Fayette.


Parade results:
Carrollton Band Day First place
CMU Fayette First place
Trenton First place

A great amount of time, thought, design and rehearsal is inherent in creating an award winning field show. Directors work together to choose a show that balances the educational needs of the ensemble, entertains the community at all home football games and provides judges with an accurate palette to adjudicate from. Past field shows have included ‘The Beatles’, ‘Civil War’, ‘Africa’, ‘Cirque De Soliel’ and ‘Tour of Rock’. This year’s field show borrowed from the classical orchestral suite by Gustav Holst titled ‘The Planets’. The show featured odd time signatures, drastic style changes and demanding moments from every member of the 180 piece band. ‘The Planets’ field show brought home four trophies at four competitions which helped make this marching season the best in school history.


Field show results:
Carrollton Band Day First place
Golden Regiment Invitational (Blue Springs) Second place
CMU Fayette First place
Trenton Second place

The Oak Grove marching band brought home two best drum major awards at Fayette and Trenton for the hard work of Cayla Wilhoit, Madison Letzig, Bryce Fangmann and Jacob Blegen. Their leadership throughout the season, alongside the various section leaders within the band, helped Oak Grove to bring home the Carrollton Band Day Grand Champion trophy; completely sweep their division at Fayette and reclaimed Trenton’s Sweepstakes trophy! “They truly are the best band I’ve ever worked with! I look forward to their continued success through the rest of the school year,” stated director Beth Jinkins. The Sound of Panther Pride can be seen in costume at Friday’s home football game. The Oak Grove jazz bands, colorguard, drumline and seventh grade band will be performing at the middle school gym on November 6th at the annual ‘Chili and All That Jazz’ band fundraiser.

11/03/2014
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