Area high school bands take home trophies from SBU Homecoming parade

BOLIVAR, Mo. — The Southwest Baptist University department of music hosted a band competition as part of the annual Homecoming parade on Sept. 23, 2017, through downtown Bolivar and the SBU campus. bands were judged on music, marching, auxiliary groups, drumline and drum major. At the conclusion of the parade, the SBU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Jeffery Waters, presented a mini-concert for the band participants during the awards ceremony in Pike Auditorium.

Award winners included:

Class 2 – first place – Ash Grove High School – Tyler Willis, director

Class 2 – second place – Osceola High School – Stewart Limbrunner, director

Class 2 – third place – Fordland High School – Stephanie Taber, director

Class 3 – first place – Strafford High School – Russell Lee, director

Best Auxiliary Group – Strafford High School

Best Drum Major – Ash Grove High School

Best Drumline – Osceola High School

Outstanding Band of the Day – Ash Grove High School

The Bolivar High School Liberator Pride Marching Band, directed by Steve McClard and John Trew, also marched in the parade and as the hometown host band, did not participate in the competition.

For more information, contact Waters, dean of the College of Music, Arts & Letters, at (417) 328-1632 or

*Published: 9-28-17