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23rd Annual Parade of Champions To Be Held Saturday, October 11

Marching band fans will have a chance to see over seventeen bands in action at the 23nd Annual Parade of Champions parade and field show competition at Kahoka, MO on Saturday, October 11, 2014.
The competition, sponsored by the Clark County R-1 Fine Arts Boosters, will begin with the parade, starting at 2:00 p.m. Fourteen bands including CCR-1 Middle and High School bands will participate in the parade.
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The field show competition will start at 5:00 p.m. at the CCR-1 activity field. Eleven bands will be participating in the competition. Local fans will enjoy exhibition performances by the CCR-1 Middle School band and the CCR-1 Marching Indians.

“I am looking forward to this years’ competition,” commented Kari Bevans, president of the Fine Arts Boosters, “Many member of the community look forward to it too.”

Schools scheduled to appear in the parade are Highland High School, South Shelby High School, Putnam County High School, Scotland County High School, Novinger High School, and the CCR-1 Middle School and High Schools from Missouri; Warsaw High School, Quincy High School and Quincy Junior High School from Illinois; Fort Madison High School, Pekin High School and Davis County High School and Davis County Junior High from Iowa.

Bands competing in the field show competition are Highland High School, Mark Twain High School, Hannibal High School and South Shelby High School in Missouri; Warsaw High School, Pekin High School and Quincy High School in Illinois; Davis County High School and Mt Pleasant High School in Iowa.

Some of the field show programs that will be performed are “The Music of Journey” by Hannibal High School, Mt Pleasant High School will be performing “Alice” selections from the Broadway musical “Wonderland”. Mark Twain High school has a super hero theme and will be playing the Batman Theme, Superman Opener and The Avengers and South Shelby will be playing a selection of 80’s rock music including “Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd.

Clark County High School will perform their field show “Phantom of the Opera”, as an exhibition.
“I want to thank the participating bands, the community, parent and students. It takes so many people to pull off this large of an event.” said Bevans.

“I continue to be amazed at how smooth everything runs each year,” said Bob Dooley, CCR-1 High School music instructor. “That is thanks to our parents and volunteers. It couldn’t be done without them.”
Winners of the parade and field show competitions will be selected on performance of music, marching precision, auxiliary units, and overall presentation. Special overall awards will be given to the best wind section, best percussion section, best auxiliary unit, best field commander, and best overall or the Sweepstakes Award.

“Fine Arts is a huge part of many of our students’ lives in Clark County. Fine Arts activities give them so many opportunities and experiences that many students would never have. This fundraiser allows us to make those opportunities possible,” stated Bevans.

“This is our biggest fundraiser for the Fine Arts Boosters,” added Bevans.

Sweatshirts, T-shirts, concessions, and souvenir programs will all be available for purchase. Admission will be charged for the field show competition.

“Parade of Champions is a wonderful day for our students to perform for their parents and the community,” stated Dooley. “It is also a wonderful way for the community to show its support of our student and fine arts at CCR-1.”

The Marching Indians started their competition season at Davis County on Saturday, where they placed second in their class. The flag corps won its class, and the overall auxillary award.