Independence Marching Band Competes in Indianapolis

band ready to perform

Photo by: Shelly Whited

November 20, 2018, (Independence, IA) On November 8th, the Mustang Marching Band loaded two charter buses and made their way to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana to compete in the Bands of America (BOA), Grand National Championship.

The Bands of America Championship is a three day competition for high school marching bands across the nation. This year, more than 100 marching bands were in attendance.

It was a new and exciting experience for the Independence Mustang Marching Band to compete in a championship of this scale and skill level. The band performed the show titled, “Out of Darkness” and competed in the smallest class, Class A, which is for schools with less than 600 students in 10th-12th grades.

Students and staff arrived in Indianapolis on Thursday afternoon and had the opportunity to rehearse one last time before the performance. The Mustang Marching Band took the field at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday at approximately 10:45 A.M Eastern Time.

Band Director David Lang said, “We went to BOA with

band performing on the field

Photo by: Shelly Whited

same approach we take to every performance. It is always our goal to put on a great performance that is both musical and entertaining. We try to down play the competitive aspects and emphasize the performance. It has been a dream of mine to be on the field at Grand Nationals. We have been taking kids as spectators every year since 1996. It was an absolute thrill to be standing on that field with the Independence Mustang Marching Band.”

The band put on a great show and placed 8th out of 28 bands in Class A, and 67th out of a total of 108 marching bands.

“The band put on a spectacular performance, and represented our school and community extremely well at a national event. I am really proud of this group of students. The hard work, dedication and leadership that these students put forth is the reason for our successes. Thank you to all of the staff, parents and community for your support throughout the marching season and the rest of the school year,” said Lang.

The Bands of America, Grand National Championship was a

drum majors waiting for awards

Photo by: Shelly Whited

great way to end another amazing season for the Mustang Marching Band. This year, the band competed in seven competitions across the state bringing home six first place finishes and their 28th consecutive Division I rating.

Superintendent Reiter stated, “We’re extremely proud of the students and staff members that have made this happen. We have an incredible marching band program because of the hard work and dedication of all those involved.”

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Photo by: David Lang