Press Release: October 20, 2014
On October 18, the Odessa Band of Distinction held their 11th annual Odessa Marching Invitational. 15 marching bands competed in various contests, including the parade downtown, in the High School gymnasium, and at the Odessa Football Stadium. There were four different classes of competition during the day in each of these events along with caption awards and overall awards.
The parade competition saw Concordia win the Gold Class while School of the Osage won the White Class. Richmond finished second in the White Class, ahead of Southern Boone County in third. In the Black Class, Raymore-Peculiar beat our Van Horn for first place.
The indoor color guard contest brought another first place finish for Concordia as they beat out Warsaw for the Gold Class championship. School of the Osage won again in the White Class by finishing ahead of Southern Boone County (second) and Holden (third). Lee’s Summit West was able to hold off Liberty to win the Red Class championship.
In the indoor drumline competition, Warsaw won the Gold Class and Raymore-Peculiar won the Black Class. School of the Osage finished ahead of Southern Boone County (second) and Holden (third) in the White Class to win another championship. The Red Class winner was Lee’s Summit, beating out Lee’s Summit West (second) and Liberty (third).
The Paul Stegner Esprit de Corps award was won by Van Horn for having the most outstanding dedication from parents and students. The Joe Smith Outstanding Color Guard Award was presented to Lee’s Summit West. Lee’s Summit’s percussion section was recognized as the Outstanding Drumline. The Kris Cooper Memorial Drum Major Award went to Raymore-Peculiar.
The field competition resulted in a win for Warsaw in the Gold Class after they were first place in color guard, percussion, and visual. Seymour finished second by winning the music caption while Lafayette County finished third and Concordia finished fourth in the Gold Class. School of the Osage won all caption awards on their way to first place in the White Class. Southern Boone came in second, ahead of Holden (third) and Richmond (fourth).
Raymore-Peculiar won all the caption awards in the Black Class to take top honors ahead of William Chrisman (second) and Van Horn (third). The Red Class was extremely competitive with Lee’s Summit West wining the awards for color guard and music while Enid (Oklahoma) won percussion and visual. Enid wound up winning the Red Class by beating out Lee’s Summit West (second), Lee’s Summit (third), and Liberty (fourth)
The Odessa Marching Invitational was a hugely successful day for these 15 bands that took part in the festivities. Plans are already being made for the 12th annual event next fall and as soon as information is available, it can be found on the Band’s website at www.odessabands.com. The Band of Distinction is under the direction of Jeremy Meyer, with assistance from MJ Orf, Sonja Putnam (guard), Rachelle Pritchard (guard), Jill Endaya (percussion), Mariah Shields (guard), and Chris Putnam (visual design).