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Marching Lynx earn honors in Sioux Falls
By By Alica P. Thiele
Challenger reporter

October 09. 2012 10:19AM
The Brandon Valley Marching Lynx was one of two bands that earned the K&M Music Spirit of the Festival award at the Festival of Bands in Sioux Falls Saturday. The Madison High School Marching Band was the other. In addition, the band earned third place in the parade competition and eighth place in the field competition, the highest-scoring South Dakota school at the finals.

Director Jesse Miller said he was pleased with how the Marching Lynx performed on Saturday, especially considering cold temperatures.

“We had less than ideal conditions with weather and the students remained quite poised throughout the day,” he said. “The biggest challenge for us was preparing for finals competition in under 30 minutes after we drew the first performance slot.”

Miller said the students were able to respond positively to a few adverse conditions to put on a great performance.

“As a whole, the students left the field feeling very good about their performance and had much to be proud of from the day. That feeling of accomplishment is a credit to the hours of focused preparation put on by those students.”

This Saturday, the Lynx will compete at the USD Quad State Band Festival in Vermillion, the only competition of the season held indoors – at the DakotaDome.
Also, the band will travel to Orange City, Iowa, for the Dutchmen Field Championships. On Oct. 18, the Marching Lynx will perform their field show at halftime of the Brandon Valley football game before finishing their marching season with an indoor marching band concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30.

Festival of Bands Results
Parade, AAA Division: Waseca, Minn., 90.10; Worthington, Minn., 88.70; Brandon Valley, 85.60; Brookings, 83.00; Yankton, 77.00; Stewartville, Minn., 75.80
Field Finals: Rosemount, Minn., 88.1; Marshall, Minn., 85.4; Eastview, Minn., 84.4; Millard West, Neb., 82.5; Waseca, 80.4; MOC-Floyd Valley, Iowa, 78.5; Rochester Lourdes, Minn., 74.9; Brandon Valley, 74.8; Brookings, 73.1; Mitchell, 72.0; Sibley-Ocheyedan, Iowa, 71.3.
Marching Lynx honored in Luverne
The Brandon Valley Marching Lynx earned several awards at the 62nd Annual Tri-State Band Festival in Luverne, Minn., Sept. 29. The Lynx took second place in the Class AAA parade competition and won the Class AAA field competition. In addition, the Marching Lynx earned Outstanding Wind, Outstanding Percussion and Outstanding Drum Major awards.

Later in the day, the Marching Lynx hosted the 13th Annual Big Sioux Review marching band field competition, with 14 bands participating. Brandon Valley closed the evening in exhibition with its field show, “Music for a Revolution,” featuring the music of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

The Marching Lynx will perform their field show Friday at halftime of the Brandon Valley football game and will compete Saturday at the Sioux Falls Festival of Bands.

Brandon Valley Marching Lynx members perform Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at Howard Wood Field during the Festival of Band competition. Photo by Jay Pickthorn/Argus Leader Media

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