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Heart of America Marching Band Festival a Success

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

LAWRENCE – Heart of America Marching Festival saw 23 bands take the field in Memorial Stadium on Saturday. With sunny skies above, many families chose to spend the day enthusiastically cheering on bands from throughout Kansas and Missouri.

The day of music making culminated in a rousing routine from the Marching Jayhawks. The Jayhawks presented parts of their pre-game performance including I’m a Jayhawk and Kansas Song, reprised a portion of their well-received Space show with the theme to Star Trek, complete with phasers, and finished with several of the pep tunes for which they are known, such as Africano.

 “Heart of America is the final competition of the season for most of the bands here today. We are seeing each school’s creativity and skill at the height of their hard work.” said Matthew Smith, director of the KU Marching Jayhawks. “It’s a joy to watch these students’ pride and spirit take the field.

Awards were given in each of the following categories:

Class IV
Third Place - Raytown South Southern Regiment      
Second Place - St. Charles West Marching Warriors    
First Place - Maize South Marching Band                
Class II
Third Place - Platte County Pride Marching Band      
Second Place - Topeka West Charger Band        
First Place - Lee's Summit Golden Tiger Marching Band
Class I
Third Place- Olathe East Orange and Blue Brigade  
Second Place - Buhler Marching Band                          
First Place - Olathe Northwest Raven Pride
Outstanding Music Execution - Olathe Northwest Raven Pride
Outstanding Marching Execution - Buhler Marching Band        
Outstanding General Effect - Olathe East Orange and Blue Brigade
Outstanding Colorguard - Olathe Northwest Raven Pride
Outstanding Percussion - Buhler Marching Band

Grand Champion                           Olathe Northwest Raven Pride

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit www.music.ku.edu.

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