MHS Marching Band nabs third place at Festival of Bands in Sioux Falls

The competition, of which the band placed third overall, is the largest of its kind in the Upper Midwest.

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Mitchell High School Marching Band, pictured above, placed third in the Festival of Band competition, located in Sioux Falls on Saturday, October 1, 2022. Courtesy of Ryan Stahle.
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SIOUX FALLS — Mitchell High School Marching Band had yet another impressive performance Saturday, October 1, at the Festival of Bands USA competition at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls, where attendees saw the band place third overall.

Among 25 other bands that competed at the festival, Mitchell placed third in the preliminary competition for class AAA, finishing only 2.5 points behind winner MOC Floyd Valley.

The band achieved the fifth highest score overall in preliminaries, which qualified them along with ten
other bands to compete in finals that evening.

At finals, Mitchell was able to move up two places to finish third overall behind MOC Floyd Valley and grand champion, Brandon Valley.

In addition, the MHS band were awarded two caption awards, as well as the award for Best Winds.

“The kids really stepped it up today,” Director Ryan Stahle said. “The afternoon show was very good, but the evening run was outstanding. To move up two places during finals is very, very difficult. Our kids showed they can hang with some outstanding music programs across the region.”


The competition is the largest of its kind in the Upper Midwest and the third place finish ties the best finals showing in the Mitchell High School band's history.

Next up for the marching band will be the Dutchmen Field Championship in Orange City, Iowa, next Saturday. October 8.

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