Blair Marches To AppleJack Festival Success

Syracuse Wins C/D division

NEBRASKA CITY  – If they’ve done it once, they’ve done it again.

Blair High School Marching Band left Nebraska City’s Applejack Parade Sept. 22 with another first-place trophy for Class AB.

Cora Halverson traveled from Missouri Valley, Iowa, to see her grandson, senior Dalton Stoner, play the drum in the Blair band.

Halverson said she and her husband have followed the Blair band for years and enjoyed its success at past Applejack parades.

“They have over 100 kids in the marching band. It’s a wonderful program. It starts in the elementary school. They have such a good reputation for being a good band that kids want to join it,” Halverson said.

Blair High School Band Director Jeff Mount said the marching band practices at least twice a week in addition to half-time performances at football games.

Blair wasn’t the only high school that went away with a first-place trophy.

Syracuse High School Band won first place in the CD division and Gretna Aspen Creek Middle School Band took first in the middle school competition. Otte Blair Middle School Band was in second place and Lourdes Central Middle School took third place.

Palmyra Junior-Senior High School Band came in second place in the CD Division.

Other bands competing in the 2018 Applejack band competition are Nebraska City Middle School, Fremont Middle School, Pius X Catholic High School, Johnson County Central Band, Conestoga Cougar Band and Elmwood-Murdock Band.

The marching bands are judged on music performance, marching fundamentals and general effect, including artistry and originality.







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