The Camdenton Band completed an inaugural trip to the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana during the 2018 marching season. The band also earned the honor of performing in semifinals as Class AA representatives becoming only the second Missouri band to perform in Grand Nationals semifinals.
The Camdenton Band marching season was quite an adventure as the band set out to attend three BOA competitions in Clarksville, TN; San Antonio, TX; and Indianapolis, IN. The band's single local competition was rained out.
The San Antonio competition saw the band competing against 83 Texas bands. As most people in the marching community know, these Texas bands are not messing around. They are arguably some of the best bands in the country. Camdenton students, staff, and parents were welcomed with open arms before, during, and after the San Antonio competition and earned 3rd place in Class AA against 13 other AA bands. This put the band well out of finals because as noted before, Texas bands are not messing around. For example, the Prosper High School Band took 16th at BOA San Antonio on November 3rd, finishing two spots outside of finals. One week later, they took 11th place in Grand National finals.
The Camdenton Band works toward achieving high awards. More importantly, they work for all of these things: They work to expand musical and visual boundaries. They work to represent the Camdenton School district. They work toward teaching students to problem-solve, to collaborate, to lead, to follow, to assist, to find patience, and to balance work/play/school demands. The Camdenton School District administration consistently receives letters from hotel and restaurant staff letting them know that Camdenton Band students are some of the best they have hosted. Knowing that Camdenton Band students are learning to become exceptional community members is a priceless commodity in this crazy process called marching band.