By: Scotlyn Canape
The Ava Pride Band had a very “dead” show this season, but in reality, it was anything but dead. Along with many accomplishments here at home, the Ava Pride Band brought home many trophies this year for their school to be proud of! Their show “Pandemic” was a hit everywhere they went and had people dying to see more!
The Ava Pride Band traveled to Ozark for their first competition of the season, Pride of the Ozarks. There, not only did they suffer from their “disease” but from the heat as well! Yet, in the midst of the sweat and warm temperatures, they placed 1st in their class! They then proceeded on to a Finals Exhibition Performance where they got to perform their show once again!
During their second competition in Springfield, they made history by, yet again, placing 1st in their class at the Valhalla Marching Festival! Never before has the Ava Pride Band earned 1st place twice in one season! Before moving on to the Finals Competition, they cheered, laughed, and thanked each other for a job well done! Yet they were up for a tough fight, as they were competing against much bigger bands. But that didn’t stop them as they played their hearts out and completed an even better performance than the first, earning them 11th place in the Finals Competition.
After having two winning Saturdays, the Ava Pride Band geared up for their toughest competition yet in Springfield at the Missouri State University Campus at the Ozarko Marching Festival! In their third competition, they were competing against much bigger bands, as this competition was based on school size and not band size. They pulled ahead yet again as they placed 3rd in their class, beating bigger schools! They were shocked to find out that they were moving on to the Finals Competition, as the Ava Pride Band had never made it into Finals here before! After competing in Finals Competition they felt pretty solid about their performance, and were they right! They placed 10th in Finals earning themselves another trophy to bring home!
On the last competition of their winning season, they made the long trip to Reeds Spring and competed in the biggest class yet! They went up against bands much bigger than them, but they pulled ahead yet again and placed third in their class! They then headed to Finals for the last time, which yet again put the band down in history, as they have never been to Finals at every competition before! They performed their best time yet and placed 5th in their class!
Congratulations to all Ava Pride Band members on their successful season!