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Rebel Invitational enjoys good weekend weather

The 33rd Rebel Invitational Marching Band Festival was held Saturday at Central High School, bringing together 17 of the best marching bands in the area to compete under weather conditions that Central Band Director Brad Glore said were generally pretty good for the season.

“We had sunshine and good temperatures,” Glore said. “Great weather for the marching bands. The temperatures were mid-60s at the peak of the day — we did have a little bit of wind, which was an issue for the color guard, but overall it was really good.”

Glore said other recent competitions around the state have not been blessed with such optimal weather, making Saturday’s conditions especially noticeable.

“We’ve had rain the last two weeks at marching band competitions we’ve been to,” he said. “We had thunderstorms in Springfield on Oct. 6 and then rain last week in Potosi. To have a nice, sunny day was a good thing.”

The level of competition was equally good, he said, with close scoring among the competitors, creating a good experience for spectators. In combination with a large crowd, Glore said the attendance of a good amount of competitors to the event led to another successful fundraiser for the Central Band Program.

“We had 17 competitors this year, and that’s a good number,” he said. “That seems to be a pretty nice number for us. When you look at 17 bands, you’re talking sometimes two and three buses plus two and three equipment trucks per band. So that’s our main concern — getting all that equipment parked while still having enough room for spectator parking.”

While the weather on the actual day of the event was conducive to an outdoor event, Glore said if the district’s football field was not such a top-notch facility, the weather of preceding days may have been a negative factor.

“This is our fifth year with turf on the field, and that’s really taken the contest to another level,” he said. “You don’t have to worry about rain. If we’d had the rain we got on Friday in past years, that field would have been a mess on Saturday.

“Not to mention having a football game Friday night and trying to have a marching competition on Saturday. We’re really fortunate and thankful to have the turf.”

Divided into classes by MSHAA football classification, Saturday’s festival had several competitors taking home honors and awards.

In Class 1 and 2 preliminary competition, Puxico took first place overall, followed by Herculaneum, New Madrid, Woodland, Kelly, St. Vincent and Charleston. Distinctions were awarded to Kelly for Outstanding Auxiliary, New Madrid for Outstanding Percussion, Puxico for Outstanding Visual and Herculaneum for Outstanding Music.

In Class 3 prelims, Potosi took first place followed by Anna-Jonesboro and Ste. Genevieve, with Potosi sweeping Outstanding Auxiliary, Outstanding Percussion, Outstanding Visual and Outstanding Music.

In Class 4 prelims, Cape Central took first, followed by Sullivan, North County and Farmington. Cape Central was awarded Outstanding Music, Outstanding Visual and Outstanding Percussion, while Sullivan was awarded for Outstanding Auxiliary.

In Class 5 and 6 prelims, Fort Zumwalt South took first, followed by Eureka and Poplar Bluff. Fort Zumwalt South was awarded distinction for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Percussion, while Eureka was awarded for Outstanding Visual and Poplar Bluff was awarded for Outstanding Auxiliary.

In the finals competition, Fort Zumwalt South was awarded the Dan Stecker Grand Champion Award as overall winner of the competition, followed by Eureka, Cape Central, North County, Sullivan, Poplar Bluff, Potosi, Farmington and Puxico. Fort Zumwalt South was awarded for Outstanding Music, Outstanding Visual and Outstanding Percussion, while Eureka took the honor of Outstanding Auxiliary.

Within the last decade, the festival format was changed to eliminate an accompanying parade competition in downtown Park Hills in favor of the preliminary/finals field format.

Glore said a great deal of thanks goes to the volunteers that make the event successful, not to mention several local business sponsors. This year’s sponsors included Marler Music Center, Alarm Security, Larry Boyer, Parkland Flower Girl, Matt Gibson Snap-On, Dale Mosier Auto Body, A-Z Home Improvement, Fisher Auto Parts, Moyer’s Muffler, Thomas Garage, Tube Works Fabrication, Marler’s Towing, Hulsey Properties, BP in Leadington, STL Mustangs, Angels Unaware, Harris Wholesale LLC, Patsy’s Furniture, Park Hills River Mart, Ozark’s Modern Insulation, Torque Diesel and Auto, Pawfection, Pharmax Pharmacy, Main Street Auto Body and Glass, Katydids, The Boulevard, LaChance Locksmith, LaChance Heating and Cooling, Dunlap Auto, First Congregational Church, Elliot Tool, Inc., Kummer Family Dental, John and Jo Lee Siener, O.D.A.C.S., Inc., Mineral Area Overhead Door, J and M Auto, Larry and Pam Boyer, Chris and Melissa Callaway, the Chase Agency LLC, Callaway’s Heating and Cooling, Inc. and Westmount Dental Arts.

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Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at

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