The Final Round; Game Over

The seniors of the LHS marching band go to their last marching competition at Carthage


Aaron Stewart

The Marching Yellowjackets march in the Maple Leaf parade. The band got first place in their class.

Hours of marching, days of playing, and months of learning the show all put together for the last marching competition of the season. For some, it was their first time at Carthage, for others it was their last. The seniors wave goodbye to their last competitive marching season.

The seniors have been playing their instruments for 7 years, putting in multiple hours of practice and dedication. Since 2016 when the 2020 graduates first entered the high school, the seniors have been marching every fall for hours on end. The seniors have now finished marching their competitive season.

“I feel happy with how we did, but I’m very sad that I won’t be able to do it again next year,” said senior clarinet player Gracie Carroll.

From freshman year to their senior year, the seniors have marched three competitions: Valhalla, Reed Springs and Carthage. Carthage is always a band, and crowd favorite. Their first time at Carthage was their show “Suite Emotions”, and their last show was the “British Invasion.”

This year the band won 1st place in preliminaries along with best hornline, drumline, and color guard. They got 2nd place in finals along with the best hornline, drumline, and color guard. They also won the sweepstakes award which combines their parade scores and their finals score together.

“I’m kinda excited because I think it’s important to move on but I also respect the marching band program and how it shapes people so I enjoy the benefits, but I’m also excited to move onto something else,” said senior French horn player Henry Albright.

At Carthage, the band also marches in a parade, the largest parade in Southwest Missouri. The band won 1st in their class. The band loves going to Carthage and for the seniors, it is their last one. On Saturday before their finals performance, the underclassmen hugged their favorite senior and the seniors shed tears.

“I’m really excited about the concert season personally, but I think that the marching season brings a lot of people in the band together in a way that concert season just simply can’t so it is sad that go but I’m excited for the next steps,” said senior clarinet player Emily Lester.