Band takes second at Pella

by Drew Johnson

The PCM Marching Mustangs performed their show “Time Machine” at 2017 Pella Marching Invitational on Saturday, September 24. It was a scorcher that evening and with a high of 91 degrees. After the band’s hot performance they went to a critique session where they watched their performance and learned what they can improve on. Later that night the band was awarded 2nd place in the 2A division falling just short of Eddyville Blakesburg. The band was also awarded best drumline and best soloist; Senior Amber Meyer and Junior Bella Sitzman played their flute duet.


“Our primary focus, so far, has been to learn drill and build confidence in terms of connecting music with movements on the field. It’s also nice to have many of the logistical aspects of the show worked out. We are now at a transition point in which we can switch from a broader scope to a more detailed one. With school starting a week later than usual, the band has been working extremely hard to prep our show for performances.” Said band director Louis Dupuis.

Putting together  a new show every year is something that the PCM Marching Mustangs take pride in, but short time before competition also means more work to be done during early morning rehearsals.

“The Pella Invitational went very well. Heat did not turn out to be a major issue and it is nice to have one competition in the books. I am very proud of the hard work the students have been putting in. I have also had a wonderful time working alongside our assistant staff Mr. Varner, Ms. Thompson, and Ms. Nicoll.”