E.B.F.H.S Marching Band Earns 34th Division I Rating at State

EBF Marching Band 2019 (photo provided)

On Saturday, Oct. 19th, the Eddyville-Blakesburg High School Marching Band earned their 34th consecutive Division I rating at State Marching Band Contest in Pella with a score of 88.2. That evening the band placed 3rd at the Mid-Iowa Band Championship in Ankeny.

On Saturday, September 28th, the EBF Marching Band placed 2nd at the Marching Dutch Invitational Contest in Pella. The band earned a score of 66.35, 3 points behind West Marshall in class 2A. EBF won the Outstanding Color Guard Award. Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont outscored the bands from Bedford Community, Belle Plaine, PCM, Williamsburg, and South Tama.

On October 5th, the Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont High School Marching Band placed 3rd in class 2A competition at the Urbandale Marching Invitational with a score of 67.5. The E.B.F.H.S. Band outscored eight other bands including IKM Manning, PCM, Ogden, Perry, Knoxville, Clarke, Fort Dodge, and Marshalltown. Cameron Kolthoff was selected as the Outstanding Marcher for the EBF Band.
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On October 12th, The Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont Marching Band had an exciting day as the band had two performances at the Valleyfest and Showdown Competitions in West Des Moines. EBF won the Valleyfest 2A competition with a score of 55.6. The band also won the Outstanding Hornline, Color Guard, Soloist, and Drum Major Awards. Shanna Fellows was selected as the Outstanding Marcher in the EBF Marching Band. The EBF Color Guard performed so well that they had the 3rd highest score of all 22 bands at the contest. Lucas Van Blaricon was honored as the Outstanding Soloist of the day in the 2A competition. Drum Majors Eric Schutt, Emma Mock, and Lizzy VanUtrecht were awarded the Outstanding Drum Major Trophy.

In the evening contest, the “Showdown” of bands, the E.B.F.H.S. Marching Band placed 3rd in class C with a score of 56. The band once again won the Outstanding Color Guard, Drum Majors, and Soloist trophies. Lucas Van Blaricon was once again honored with the Outstanding Soloist of the Day Award for his Alto Saxophone solo.

The E.B.F.H.S. Band has 60 members this year. The band is directed by Joe Overton, assistant director Dezirae Fairchild, and color guard instructor Paige VerSteegh. The soloists for this year’s show are Tara Diephuis, Eric Schutt, Natalie Nemitz, Addisyn McCrea, Lucas VanBlaricon, Makayla Rodwell, Cameron Kolthoff, Zach Edgren, Shanna Fellows, Andrea Burger, and Emily Glosser.

Director Joe Overton had these comments: “ This has been an exciting season. We played some great music, had an awesome time working with each other, and learned the meaning of teamwork. Although we didn’t place 1st at every contest or win every award, I think everyone really tried their best and became more confident as the season went on. Our leaders did an excellent job. Our last day of competition was awesome! Thank you chaperones, bus drivers, music boosters, parents, friends, family, custodians, teachers, and administrators for all of your support!!

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