“Obviously that’s what every band wants...” Simmons said. “Our goal is to get in the top 25.”
The ultimate goal, she added, was to come off that field feeling good. Another goal accomplished. Plus, she added, “the future looks bright.”
“This year’s band had way more energy,” said Sage Schiffner, a trumpet player for the Marching Panthers, adding he expects an even stronger band next year.
Frankton Band Director James Handshoe said he felt his kids had a “very good, solid” performance out on the track.
While the band placed 13th last year, the majority of the Marching Eagles this year are first or second time marchers, a young group, he added, that has next year to look forward to.
“I honestly think we did really well,” said Amanda Kilgore, a Frankton guard member. “Even better than I thought we would.”
Frankton did receive the auxiliary award in Class A.
While Lapel didn’t make it into the Top 25, director Gregory Scott’s philosophy is to entertain the audience.
“We’re not playing for the judges,” Colton Allen, a Lapel trombone player, said. “We’re playing for the crowd.”
With lots of dancing and a lover’s spat acted out by a saxophone player and guard girl, the band seemed to do just that with loud cheers from the audience.
“I’m just very pleased with their performance,” Scott said. “I’m pleased they’re pleased and pleased the audience enjoyed the performance.”
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