Area high school bands take home trophies from Homecoming parade

BOLIVAR, Mo. — The Southwest Baptist University department of music hosted a band competition as part of the annual Homecoming parade on Sept. 29, 2018, through downtown Bolivar and the SBU campus.

The Bolivar High School band participates in SBU's Homecoming parade.Parade 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 and student director Cameron Collins, presented a mini-concert for the band participants during the awards ceremony in Pike Auditorium.

Award winners included:

Class 2 – first place – Hartville High School – Amber Blaylock, director

Class 2 – second place – Ash Grove High School – Michelle Carter, director

Class 2 – third place – Marion C. Early High School – Tyler Curtis, director

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

Best Auxiliary Group – Hartville High School

Best Drum Major – Marion C. Early High School

Best Drumline – Hartville High School

Outstanding Band of the Day – Hartville High School

The Bolivar High School Liberator Pride Marching Band, directed by 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: 10-3-18