Marching bands from high schools in St. James, Osage Beach and Washington placed first in their respective divisions at Saturday’s Route 66 Marching Festival.


Marching bands from high schools in St. James, Osage Beach and Washington placed first in their respective divisions at Saturday’s Route 66 Marching Festival.
Held on the new artificial turf at Lions Memorial Field, the festival drew bands from a dozen schools in its reincarnation. The festival ceased several years ago when rain on the grass field resulted in a muddy mess, but the new field gave new life to what had been for many years a popular competitive festival for school bands.
Saturday was a perfect day for the festival, sunny and cool, a beautiful Ozarks October day.
There was plenty of music to be heard around Rolla High School Saturday afternoon as bands warmed up in the parking lot and on sidewalks. The first field performance was at 2:30.
Rolla’s Marching Bulldog Brigade, the host band, ineligible for competition, gave an exhibition of its “Journey to Freedom” show at 6 p.m.
Class A awards were given at 4:45 and Class AA and AAA awards were given at 6:15.
Here’s how they finished, including their points.
Class A
1st: St. James, 72.4
2nd: Warsaw, 62.9
3rd: Houston, 60.4
Outstanding Percussion: St. James
Outstanding Color Guard: St. James
Class AA
1st : School of the Osage, 73.5
2nd: Salem, 67.2
3rd: Fulton, 64.4
Outstanding Percussion: School of the Osage
Outstanding Color Guard: School of the Osage
Class AAA
1st: Washington, 82.9
2nd: Waynesville, 80.7
3rd: Eureka, 80.2
Outstanding Percussion: Waynesville
Outstanding Color Guard: Washington
Also competing were Hermann in Class A, Owensville in Class AA and Union in Class AAA.