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MHS marching band places second in Iowa, finals canceled due to weather

The Mitchell High School Marching Band competes in the Starfest Marching Competition Saturday in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Stahle)

SIOUX CITY, IOWA—The Mitchell High School Marching Band placed second in its competition over the weekend, but was unable to compete in finals due to inclement weather.

On Saturday, the MHS Marching Band competed at the Starfest Marching Competition held at Elwood Olsen Stadium at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. The competition hosted 20 bands from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. After the preliminary competition, MHS scored a 74.7, placing second in the 3A division, with MOC Floyd Valley taking first. There were eight marching bands in the 3A division.

The Starfest Marching Competition typically features the preliminary competition during the day, with finals consisting of the top 10 scores in the evening, according to MHS Marching Band Director Ryan Stahle, but storms that moved through the area forced finals to be canceled.

If finals had been held, Stahle said, Mitchell had the fifth overall highest score, behind MOC, two Omaha bands and Sioux Falls Lincoln.

"I was really proud of my kids and the obstacles they overcame that day," Stahle said in an email to The Daily Republic. "It disappointing to not get the chance to perform again in finals as their scores in the afternoon were very good. We have an incredible staff that works with these kids and it's been real fun to watch these kids grow musically through the year."

The marching band is staffed by color guard instructors Jenna Jamison and Marissa Apts, percussion instructors Chase Jamison and Mike Sejnoha, wind specialist Bethany Amundson and directed by Stahle.