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MHS Marching Band places first at Big Sioux Review

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

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Mitchell High School Marching Band plays at Big Sioux Review 2022. Courtesy of Ryan Stahle.
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BRANDON VALLEY — The Mitchell High School Marching Band placed first place for a second weekend in a row, securing a first place trophy in the Class AA competition at the Big Sioux Review in Brandon Valley.

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

Members Sadie Kludt, Mason Buenzow and Max Bruguier were also recognized as outstanding drum majors.  

“This show has come a long way,” Ryan Stahle, band director, said of the performance. “We know what a great crowd response we get when we do it right, and it feels great for the kids to place high at these competitions.” 

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In overall competition, Mitchell’s “Voodoo” show placed secondout of 13 bands, less that two points behind Brookings.

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The victory at Big Sioux Review caps a busy weekend for the band, who also performed twice at the homecoming football game —once at halftime, and again afterward for the “Lights Out” show.

Next weekend the band will participate in the Blue and White Days parade before traveling to Sioux Falls to be part of the Festival of Bands. 

“I’m really proud of the kids and staff so far,” Stahle said.“But we’ve got to keep improving. The other bands are getting better as we get deeper into the season. We’ve got to do the same.”

Cassie Williams joined the Mitchell Republic in July of 2022. To get in contact with Cassie about potential stories, feel free to email her at cwilliams@mitchellrepublic.com.
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