First things first – The Laker football team grabbed a homecoming win against Rolla on Friday, September 22nd. The Lakers are now tied with Joplin for 1st place in the Ozarks Conference and are in 2nd place behind Webb City in Class 4 District 5. While band parents think it’s funny to ask, “What is the football team doing on the band field?”, the band knows that most people who have turned into band fans originally went to Bob Shore Stadium to watch a great Laker football team. The band cannot wait to continue rolling out the fight song all the way through the playoffs and into the state championships during this 2017 season.
1.The student section was packed with cheering students unified to support a school district that is moving through the first quarter of what seems to be an exciting school year – a year that began by celebrating the Camdenton girls’ 2017 state track championship – a year that has continued with other sports’ teams demonstrating excellence on and off the field including the Lady Laker golf team winning the Ozark Conference championship. Once the award winning academic teams such as robotics, math club, and science research start competing, the year will really take off.
2.The Pride of the Lake Marching Band took the field 40 minutes before the start of the game bringing out more body movement, improved music, visual surprises, and a complete show that included all five movements. The band’s concession- stand sales drop each time this year’s “Tickled Pink” show plays due to the Camdenton community staying seated to watch the show.
3.The Camdenton Air Show also took center stage before the football game with three separate formations/flyovers that previewed the Septembr 23rd Camdenton Air Show.
4.Homecoming festivities put the Pride of the Lake Marching Show before the game with a packed house already in place one hour before game time. Half time was dedicated to king and queen crowning. Band senior and euphonium player, Rob Baur, was in the homecoming court alongside state-champion track star, Grace Wormek. Laker quarterback, Isaiah Lumley, was crowned king. Abbie Miller, volleyball/basketball/track starting team member and academic standout, was crowned queen.
Go to midwestmarching.com to find the schedule for bands participating in the Golden Regiment Marching Invitational in Blue Springs, MO on Saturday, September 30th. The Camdenton Band performs at 1:15 against strong competition from Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Nebraska. Bands include Grain Valley, MO (11th at BOA St. Louis 2016), O'Fallon Township, IL (6th at BOA St. Louis 2016), and Bellevue West, Nebraska (4th at BOA St. Louis 2016). Take a trip to Blue Springs High School on September 30th to cheer on the band.
Marching competition season is under-way, and the Camdenton Band is off to a great start with the band taking 1st place in Class 2A with the best general effect in class 2A. Come to Bob Shore Stadium at 6:15 on Friday, September 22nd (before the homecoming football game) where the band will perform “Tickled Pink”, a show that will continue to evolve and grow throughout the season. This show has been taking the Camdenton football field by storm just as it took Powder Springs Georgia by storm. In Powder Springs, the band also took fourth place overall against classes 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A. Bands from Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia competed in this early season competition.
Students, staff, and parents are drawn to Bands of America (BOA) competitions for several reasons:
1.Competing in BOA competitions pushes bands to a high level musically and visually.
2. The bands competing at BOA competitions are some of the best in the country.
3.Bands compete against each other while also supporting and enjoying each band. One band member commented that at these competitions, students wish competing bands good luck when they enter the field and tell them good job as they leave.
At BOA Powder Springs, it was hard to watch one band struggle with their sound system prior to competing knowing that the delayed start would bring a large scoring penalty. The level of work that goes into these shows makes everyone want each band to have a good run when competing. Students also love the full retreat. Full retreat occurs when all finals bands come onto the stadium field for finals results and then scatter throughout the stadium to meet members of other bands after the results are completed. Enjoy the pictures and video of full retreat at BOA Powder Springs.