The Storm Lake High School Marching Band participated in the 58th annual Algona Band Day Sept. 30, and despite a judging error that cost SLHS some honors, the band still found the experience a success.
The day included a competitive parade in the afternoon and a field competition in the evening. A beautiful fall day was host to this event that gave the SLHS students a larger view of what bands in other schools do. This contest is primarily used as a warm-up for the State Festival.
The Tornado band performed in both events and earned some good marks and much praise for their performances. In the parade competition, SLHS earned fourth place out of seven in the Class 3A bands.
On the field the band earned fourth place out of nine bands competing. The Tornado band also received two of the five overall special awards that are awarded to the highest scoring bands in the categories of Best Winds, Best Percussion, Best Auxiliary and Best Drum Major.
The SLHS percussion section was cited as the best that evening and the band also was awarded the Best Marching and Manuevering Award.
"It seemed weird that the band had earned only a fourth place finish, particularly with the extra awards," SLHS Band Director Frank Hoskins said. "After reviewing the ballots and also communicating with the Algona band director, it was discovered that the two judges in the press box had not used the correct method of scoring our band. It is too late now, but the quality of the performance should have been qualified with at least a second place finish."
It seems the SLHS department has had it difficulties with judges lately, Hoskins pointed out. At the Morningside College Jazz Festival, judges neglected to tally points correctly, and in Florida judges did not read the concert band scores correctly for the awards' ceremony.
"Hopefully, this problem is now over- bad things generally occur is sets of three," Hoskins said.
Today the SLHS marching band will compete in the Iowa High School Music Association Marching Band Festival at Cherokee Washington High School, performing at 11:40.
"The presence and enthusiasm of a Storm Lake group is always appreciated," Hoskins added.