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MHS Marching Band scores big in Minnesota 'Pursuit of Excellence' competition

MHS Marching band took home first place in the navy class, a few weeks after director Ryan Stahle decided they were ready to compete at a higher level class.

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The color guard after winning an award. Courtesy of Ryan Stahle.
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MARSHALL, MN – Mitchell High School's Marching Band competed at the Pursuit of Excellence marching band competition Saturday, Sept. 17, making waves at the competition and earning a few awards in the process.

MHS Marching band took home first place in the navy class, just a few short weeks after their director, Ryan Stahle, decided they were ready to compete at a higher level class. The band took home a collection of awards, for best music, best color guard, and best overall general effect.

Overall, MHS Marching band received the third highest score out of all the classes, with over 19 bands competing in each class.

“Our kids really had their best performance of the year so far,” Ryan Stahle, director of the MHS Marching band. “We decided a few weeks ago to bump up a class and knew we would have stiff competition, but they absolutely nailed it tonight.”

The band will travel to Brandon next weekend, Sept. 24, to compete in the Big Sioux Review where they hope to bring home more awards.

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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