The Arkansas City High School Marching Band has had a busy and successful fall season.
In addition to performing at five home football games and numerous other local events, the band competed in three judged marching festivals.
The first was the inaugural “Mound of Sound” Festival at Southwestern College in Winfield on October 14th. This event was rated and ranked. The Bulldog Band earned a ‘1’ rating for the overall band performance, was awarded 3rd place of all the bands competing and received the award for ‘Outstanding Color Guard’.
On October 17, the band traveled to Kansas State University for the “Central States” Festival.
This event featured more than 40 of the top high school bands from throughout the Midwest and with a judging panel of some of the top college band directors in the country. It also included a performance by the “Boston Brass”.
The Bulldog band was again awarded the top ‘1’ rating for their performance.
ACHS band director Chris VanGilder said “I was especially proud of this performance and rating. It is easy to get intimidated by the large stadium and audience and by the high-powered judging panel, but the kids really responded well and did a great job.”
The Bulldog Band was once again a feature of the annual Arkalalah Festival. In addition to multiple performances throughout the week, the band earned ‘1’ ratings from all judges in both parade and field competition and the color guard earned another ‘1’ rating in the indoor color guard festival.
The band closed the weeks events with another outstanding performance at the annual “Light Show” at Bulldog Stadium to a packed house.
As ACMS director Hans Judd put it: “It is much like an athletic team having an undefeated season.”
Usually, Arkalalah marks the end of the marching season, however, the Bulldog Band still has their biggest event of the year remaining. They will be marching in the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 27. The event will be broadcast live, nationwide, on cable channel WGN starting at 8 a.m.
According to VanGilder “We are very excited about this opportunity to represent Ark City on a national level. The students have worked very hard not only raising money, but with their marching and music as well.”