Pride of Ozark Marching Band has Successful Season
Ozark High School Pride of Ozark Marching Band had a successful fall season, placing in various competitions, hosting a competition and, of course, performing at the home football games.
The season kicked off with the Fifth Annual Pride of the Ozarks Marching Invitational on Sept. 29. Twenty-two bands participated with nearly 5,000 people attending the event at OHS. The freshman band and 10th-12th-grade bands performed, as well as Missouri Southern State University from Joplin.
On Oct. 6 the OHS band attended the inaugural Bentonville Band festival in Bentonville, Arkansas. Ozark was one of four Missouri bands participating, earning second place and Outstanding Color Guard in the preliminary competition, qualifying the band for a spot in the finals where the band finished sixth place overall.
On Oct. 20, the Freshman Band attended the Missouri State University Homecoming Parade and placed first in Class 5A, as well as earned Outstanding Color Guard.
On Oct. 27 the band attended the Bands of America Super Regional in St. Louis. The festival is at the Dome in downtown St. Louis and featured 74 bands from 13 different states, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, New Mexico, Iowa, Georgia, Wisconsin, Louisiana and Nebraska.
“The field was one of the toughest I have ever seen and included five former national finalists,” Band Director Tom Meyer said.
The band improved its score from the event last year, but still fell short of the goal of a 1 rating.
“The kids performed so well that it was hard to be disappointed with the rating. In only our third year of attending, we showed major improvement and will continue to improve until we can meet that goal,” Meyer said. “When you step out into a national level competition, it’s a totally different performance level. It’s an honor to compete with some of the best bands not only in the Midwest but in the country. I'm very excited that our students here at Ozark Band Department get the opportunity to compete nationally and we will continue to learn and grow musically to achieve our goals.”
While it was a great season, it’s not over yet. The band will march at Walt Disney World in March.