Area high school bands take home trophies from SBU Homecoming parade

Gainesville Marching Band performs in SBU Homecoming paradeBOLIVAR, Mo. — The Southwest Baptist University Area of Music hosted a band competition as part of the annual Homecoming parade on Oct. 2, through downtown Bolivar and the SBU campus.

Parade bands were judged on music, marching, auxiliary groups, drumline and drum major. At the conclusion of the parade, the bands heard a mini-concert by the SBU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Jeffery Waters, during the awards ceremony in Pike Auditorium.

Award winners included:

  • Class 2 first place – Gainesville High School – Sherri Caraway, director
  • Class 2 second place – Conway High School – Zack Hoar, director
  • Class 2 third place – Mansfield High School – Levi Meadows, director
  • Class 3 first place – Strafford High School – Rusty Lee, director
  • Best Auxiliary Group – Strafford High School
  • Best Drum Major – Mansfield High School
  • Best Drumline – Mansfield High School
  • Outstanding Band of the Day – Gainesville High School

For more information, contact Waters, head of the Division of Arts and Humanities and professor of music, at (417) 328-1632 or

PHOTO: The Gainesville High School Marching Bulldogs perform during the SBU Homecoming Parade on Oct. 2.

*Published: 10-6-2021