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Back on a high note: Carroll tradition returns

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Welcoming Carroll Band Day’s return after cancellation the previous two years, spectators lined the route and cheered the 13 high school, middle school bands as well as the dozens of other entries in the parade on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Band Day is hosted by the Carroll Chamber of Commerce, partnering with Carroll Community School District and Kuemper Catholic School System. Business sponsors were Windstar Express, St. Anthony Regional Hospital and Dupaco Community Credit Union.

The 64th annual Band Day featured 13 high school, middle school and college bands and 56 other entries by businesses and organizations. A new feature this year was the Buena Vista University Marching Blue, whose band marshal is Sami Hays, a 2019 Kuemper Catholic High School graduate who’s the daughter of Jared and Donna Hays.

Band Day was called off because of rain in 2019 and the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

“The bands were excited to participate, and we had really good participation from businesses and organizations, who put together some outstanding floats this year,” Chamber Program Director Ashley Schable said. “We appreciate everyone who came out that morning. It was great to see the parade route lined with friends and families for this wonderful Carroll tradition. We know the bands appreciate all the support and enjoy playing for the crowd. We have heard many good comments and know many of them are already planning to join us next year.”

The judges’ stand was located in Graham Park near the finish of the parade.

Following are results:

Middle School

Class 2A — 1, Cherokee Middle School and director Casey Kingdon.

Class 3A — 1, Boone Middle School and director Rose Kundel.

High School

Class 1A — 1, Ar-We-Va and director Rebecca Dose. 2, Audubon and director Victoria Anderson. 3, Glidden-Ralston and director Chris Fiscus.

Class 2A — 1, Roland-Story and director Kevin Masemann. 2, AC/GC (Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center) and director Kyra Babcock. 3, Woodward-Granger and director Bryan Willer. 4, Kuemper Catholic and director Marie Walsh Becker.

Class 3A — 1, Boone and director Chris Truckenmiller. 2, Carroll and director Jennifer Swope.

Class 4A — 1, Storm Lake and director Corbert Butler.

Overall Winners

Color Guard — Roland-Story High School.

Drum Major — Abby Glassmaker, Cherokee Middle School.

Baton Twirler — Haley Cose, AC/GC High School.

Overall Band Winner — Roland-Story High School and director Kevin Masemann.

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