Marching Lions score at festivals
The Lansing High School marching band and color guard earned ratings of excellent and superior in October at two Kansas high school marching festivals.
On Oct. 21, the Marching Lions traveled to Manhattan, where they competed in the Central States Marching Festival at Kansas State University.
Much of the competition was moved to K-State's indoor practice facility because of constant rain, said LHS band director Luke Johnson.
Johnson said the Marching Lions performed well despite the bad weather and earned a "2" rating, or excellent, among a field of 23 high school bands.
LHS also earned a 2 at the 2005 festival.
Johnson said K-State staff worked with the band during an hourlong clinic, which allowed the band members to make changes to their performance based on the experts' and judges' comments.
LHS brought back two ratings for its performances during the Neewollah Marching Band Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28, in Independence.
Johnson said the Marching Lions received a "1" rating, or superior, at the festival's parade competition and a "2" rating at the field show competition.
This was the Marching Lions' first appearance at Neewollah, which is Halloween spelled backward.
"We received some more meaningful feedback, which we will keep in mind for next year's show," Johnson said.
The band and color guard are now preparing for the annual Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11 in Leavenworth.