Four first places and a pair of seconds is how the 2014 marching band season will go into the books for the Milaca High School Marching Band.
The band this year performed “Amazing,” band director Andrew Nelson’s co-collaboration on the classic song, “Amazing Grace.”
“It has been an incredible experience to write a piece of music and watch it come to life on the street,” Nelson said.
The band opened the season with a first-place finish for Class A bands at the Princeton parade on Thursday, June 12. That was followed up with a non-judged performance Saturday, June 14, in Waite Park.
On Wednesday, June 18, the band took first place among Class AA bands at the Foley parade and took home grand champion honors. The following weekend the band traveled to Owatonna and Zumbrota for back-to-back parades on Saturday, June 21.
In Owatonna the band was first among Class AA bands and won honors for outstanding horn line, outstanding marching, and outstanding drum major. At Zumbrota, the band earned first place in the open class in addition to earning overall honors as outstanding drum line, outstanding color guard and outstanding winds.
On June 24 the band wowed the hometown crowd at the Gateway to the Northland Parade.
Four days later, on Saturday, June 28, the band took second place among Class A bands in St. Cloud. The next day, on June 29, the band took second place among Class A bands at the Lake City parade and earned honors with the outstanding drum majors in Class A competition.
“We’ve won a lot of awards,” Nelson said. “But the greatest accomplishment has been the pride we have in ourselves and our performance.”