BY SAM SCINTA WEEKLY REPORTER
The OTHS Marching Panthers took a trip to Kansas City over the weekend to match up against several of the top Midwest bands at the Blue Springs Golden Regiment Invitational.
The band took fourth place in the event, placing third in the 4A class. Oklahoma power [Tulsa] Union took home first place ahead of [Minnesota] Rosemount and [Arkansas] Bentonville.
The showing, which included a Finals score of 79.60, is an encouraging one for the early season, as the Panthers boasted the top finish for the Metro East representatives. [St. Louis] Lindbergh placed sixth in Finals with a 74.15. Fort Zumwalt South and Francis Howell Central failed to make Finals.
O’Fallon remained consistent during the competition, placing fourth in both Preliminary and Finals competition.
Groups such as Union, Rosemount, and Bentonville will compete against the Marching Panthers again at the upcoming Bands of America St. Louis Super Regional, to take place on October 21-22. Host band Blue Springs will also attend. All five bands, including O’Fallon, are expected to reach Finals.
This is the first time the Marching Panthers attended the Missouri event, and they picked a difficult season to compete. Finals featured six former BOA Super Regional Finalists.
The Blue and Gold will return to the practice fields this coming week as they prepare to attend the University of Illinois Marching Championships in Urbana-Champaign on the 15, an event in which the Marching Panthers are past Champions.
The contest will provide the band with upper tier competition from around the state, including top Illinois powers [Chicago Heights] Marian Catholic and Prospect.
Unlike the Invitational in Blue Springs, U of I will be decided after one round of competition. The Panthers are expected to be among the top three at the competition, and should compete for the Class 6A Championship.