PCM Marching Band places 3rd in Urbandale

by Drew Johnson

The PCM Marching Mustangs brought their show westward to compete in the Urbandale Marching Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 3. They packed up their instruments, hoping to improve on last week’s performance in Pella. The band fell short of first place, but only by a few points. They placed third behind West Marshall and Eddyville-Blakesburg. PCM may have the upper hand as far as football goes, but West Marshall sure knows how to perform, and Eddyville-Blakesburg has always been a marching band powerhouse.
Band received best drum line and color guard awards in Pella, but Oct. 3 was a different story.
“I definitely feel that our drum line has improved since this last week. I didn’t hear Eddyville’s show, but they must have improved last week, as well,” Band Director Ben Varner said.
After the band performed, they got to visit the Jordan Creek mall. Then they headed back to the field to watch some 4A bands compete.
“I think staying and listening and watching other bands can provide a lot of inspiration to the students. Seeing other students in high school performing well can step up the performance level of our band,” Varner said.