The Claremore High School Band placed 14th out of 24 bands state-wide in the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Marching Contest Saturday.
It was Claremore’s second highest placing ever at this competition and their best performance so far this year, according to Band Director David Mudd.
“Parents, the rest of the band staff and I are pleased with the band’s performance and how they conducted themselves with maturity,” Mudd said.
Despite leaving Claremore at 5 a.m. and encountering bus troubles along the way, Mudd said, “they pulled everything together and gave a great performance.”
The OBA competition is a stepping-stone for the band to prepare for the OSSAA Regional Marching Contest in Tahlequah, next Wednesday.
Monday morning the band listened to tapes of the judge’s comments at their Saturday event to see where they can make improvements.
“We are proud of these kids and impressed with the maturity and growth they have shown,” Mudd said, both in physical strength and as musicians. “It has been a long, hard season, and they have persevered.”
Following regionals, the Claremore Band will have their Band Spectacular Concert Nov. 7 at the PAC, beginning at 7 p.m.
On Nov. 9, students will audition for All State in concert band.
They will march in the Veteran’s Day Parade Nov. 11 and have jazz band All State auditions the last week of November, followed by the Christmas concert and parade.