NEBRASKA CITY – Blair remains the perennial champion at the AppleJack Parade’s marching band competition with first place finishes in the middle school and high school divisions.
But the Nebraska City middle school led out under a brief rain and Nebraska City bands made a stylish flash for trophies.
The Nebraska City Middle School Band finished tied with Syracuse for third. It was first time since 2014 they placed at the parade.
Nebraska City Band Director Emily Roth said the Pioneer band is working to add some entertainment to marching routine.
Roth: Instead of just marching forward, they do some horn flashes, where they put the horns down and bring them back up, and then we do alternating rows, a little high step and then a horn flash at the end.”
Elmwood-Murdock was first in high school class C and D. Syracuse High School was third.
Roth said variety makes marching band fun.
Roth: “We’re doing some good things this year and the kids are working real hard, so I’m really proud of them.”
This year, Nebraska City’s NE 150 committee will be grand marshals of the parade.