Red Regiment begins competition season

            The Red Regiment Marching Band kicked off the marching season with a competition at the Sullivan Marching Festival on Saturday, September 17. The band finished in second place in its class and brought home an Outstanding Auxiliary award.


            “Sullivan was our ‘get the shakes out’ festival this year. We performed our show ‘The Time Keepers’,” band director Derek Limback said. “This is a steampunk inspired show that involves a lot of clock and mechanical sounds as well as electronic effects. The music is all original music based off of a grandfather clock chime.”
            The second-place finish was a great first start to get the band prepared for another tough marching season, which will continue this weekend. “We had a good first outing and gained a lot of focus on what we need to do to move forward,” Limback said.
            This Saturday, the band will compete in the Ozarko Marching Invitational, held at Missouri State University in Springfield. The band will hold its performance beginning at 12:10 p.m. for those wanting to support the band in the stands. Should the band perform well enough to make the finals, that performance will take place later in the evening, with the final awards taking place at 10:15 p.m.
            The Branson Marching Festival will be the next competition of the year, taking place on October 15 at Branson High School. The Red Regiment will perform at 12:45 p.m.
            The final competition of the year will be the Ozark Mountain Marching Festival, held at Reed Springs High School. The Red Regiment will perform at 1:45 p.m.
            The community is encouraged to support the band during the season by attending an event and cheering as they perform. A full schedule of events, locations, and times can be found on the band’s website at www.redregimentband.weebly.com.