Marching Bomber Band has successful October

October has been a busy, but successful, month for the Mountain Home High School Marching Bomber Band. According to Band Director Tom Chetnik, the honors began in Springfield, and the band members will be looking to continue the trend next month in Little Rock.

The Bomber Band Colorguard was the runner-up at the Ozarko Colorguard competition on Oct. 10 at the campus of Missouri State University.

The band brought home several more awards from the 38th-annual McDonald’s Marching Invitational in Paragould on Oct. 17. The guard, percussion and band scored superior first division ratings at the competition, and the band finished second in the class and fourth overall. The top three spots were captured by Lake Hamilton, Bryant and Cabot.

The Marching Bomber Band continued its decades-long streak of receiving superior first division ratings during Tuesday’s Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association Region Marching Assessment. The band performed at Bomber Stadium for a traveling panel of adjudicators. The ratings are the first leg of the Sweepstakes Award, and the band qualified for the Class 6A State Marching Contest set for Nov. 2 and War Memorial Stadium.

In addition to social distancing, directives from the Arkansas Department of Health have required the use of bell covers on instruments. Musicians’ masks must be worn while playing instruments, except when marching, and bands are only allowed to play indoors for a maximum of 30 minutes. The directives are based off ongoing national aerosol studies of musical instruments. The results of the third stage of the study are expected to be released in early November, as the concert season begins.

All of the Bomber Band contest and halftime performance videos are available at facebook.com/bomberbands.

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