E.B.F.H.S. Marching Band Wins at Valleyfest!
The Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont Marching Band had a very exciting day Saturday as the band placed 1st in the Valleyfest and Showdown Competitions in West Des Moines. EBF won the Valleyfest 2A competition with a score of 63.0, 11 points ahead of the nearest competitor. Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont also won the Outstanding Marching and Maneuvering, Hornline, Drumline, Color Guard, and Soloist of the Day Awards. Riley Arnold and Gage DeLaCruz were chosen as the Outstanding Soloists in class 2A. EBF outscored 11 bands at the Valleyfest contest including Tri Center, Harlan, Adel Desoto, North Polk, Carlisle, Atlantic, Knoxville, Bondurant Farrar, Dallas Center-Grimes, Des Moines East and Des Moines Roosevelt,. The judges selected Andrew Hart as the best marcher in the band.
In the evening contest, the “Showdown” of bands, the E.B.F.H.S. Marching Band placed 1st in class C with a score of 51.8. This is the 19th consecutive year that the band has placed 1st at the “Showdown” Contest. The band also won the Outstanding Drumline, Marching, Hornline, and Drum Major trophies.
The E.B.F.H.S. Band has 69 members this year. The band is directed by Joe Overton, assistant director Dezirae Russell, and color guard instructor Paige Langstraat. The field commanders are Courtney Durst and Emma Haselhuhn. Drumline Section leader is Emma Bell. The soloists for this year’s show are Hope Starr, Gage DeLaCruz, Riley Arnold, Jessica Jones, and Andria VerSchuure.
This Saturday, the E.B.F.H.S. Marching Band will compete at the State Marching Band Contest in Pella and then travel to Ankeny that evening to defend their title at the Mid-Iowa Band Championships. The band performs at 10:20 in State competition where they have earned a Division I rating for the last 27 years in a row. In the evening Mid-Iowa Band Championships competition, the band performs at 6:05 where they have placed 1st 16 times in the last 18 years.
As always, friends and supporters of the band are encouraged to attend and lend your vocal support.