Saturday, October 7, the Marching Shamrocks took first place in four out of the five categories: marching, music, auxiliary, and in their class overall. There were 4 other bands in their class that they had to compete against.
Claire Meyer, a baritone player, thought, “It was fun! The crowd at Washington is always loud and supports us because it's so close. I think it's the most fun parade we participate in.”
Shamrockette Olivia Williams stated, “I liked that it was close to home so a lot of our fans got to come. I love marching down the street and seeing a sea of green!”
Band director Mandy Koch added, “Overall, I was very proud of how everyone performed. There's not much more to say, I was just very proud.”
The band also competed Saturday, October 14, at the Potosi Marching Festival. The Potosi Festival was arranged a little differently than normal. Bands were put into classes based on band size not school size. New Haven competed two classes higher than normal and swept everything. The band received first in music, marching, drumline, drum major, auxiliary, and first overall. In addition, the band also received the second highest score out of all the bands that competed that day.
Sheila Meyer is the instructor for the auxiliary. When asked how she felt the girls did, she responded with, “The girls were very excited about Potosi this year. They have set goals for themselves and so far they have reached all of them. Our captains have really stepped up and pushed everyone to work hard. We are a much larger group this year and have had some challenges, but we have worked really hard to get where we are now. Potosi is one long street and they knew it would be short but they didn't miss a beat! I am very proud of what they have accomplished this year and I know they are too.”
The Marching Shamrocks have one more parade at Mizzou Homecoming. The Shamrocks continue to work hard in preparation for the Mizzou parade. Congrats on all your accomplishments so far!