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Finish Third in Their Class
at Bands Of America in St. Louis
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The Crimson Cadets traveled
to St. Louis for a Bands of America regional marching competition over the
weekend. The Cadets faced their stiffest competition to date going against
schools from Tennesee, Missouri, Michigan, Kentucky, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa,
Virginia, Mississippi, Ohio, Minnesota, Georgia and Oklahoma. The Cadets placed
third in their class at the competition. The weekend was fast paced with little
time for them to rest during the trip. The Cadets began the weekend Friday
morning with a 7 a.m. rehearsal at the football field before loading the buses
for the 400 mile trip to St. Louis. They arrived at the hotel around 8:00
and were to be in their room with lights out at 9:30. Saturday began before
6 a.m. for the band having to meet in the lobby at that time. They left the
hotel and began their walk to the Edward Jones Dome to begin their physical
and music warm-up with a 7:45 a.m. performance. After their performance, the
band went back to the hotel and changed and walked back over to the dome to
cheer on Broken Arrow's band. After BA's performance, they loaded the buses
to go eat lunch, and then back to the dome to watch other band's in prelimanary
performance. At 5 p.m. the results from the prelimanary competition and the
bands that made finals were announced. There were a total of 34 bands at the
competition with only the top 10 bands going to finals. One thing that makes
this competition so tough is the bands that the Cadets competed against are
bigger and march older students. The Cadets went back to the dome to watch
finals and see the shows of the finalist bands. They had a writing assignment
to pick out things they saw in other bands shows that was due before they
returned to Collinsville. The Cadets are home now with no more competitions
before they go to Broken Arrow, on November 1st, for their Oklahoma Bandmasters
Association competition where they hope to make it 10 years in a row as the
class champions, which will just add to the history of the only band in Oklahoma
to win state that many years in a row.
-- Doug Wakefield
Collinsville Crimson Cadets perform at the BOA competition Saturday (Oct. 11th)
on the home field of the St. Louis Rams professional football team. They finished
third in BOA's Class A.