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Independence High School marching band places at national competition

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (KWWL) – The Independence High School marching band made Iowa proud at a national marching band competition this past weekend.

Out of 28 Class A (schools with enrollment of up to 600 students in grades 10-12) bands at the Bands of America Grand National Marching Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, they placed 8th in the preliminary competition and earned a Division II rating.

The Independence Marching Band has 93 members.  107 bands from 27 states competed, but Independence was the only band from the state of Iowa in this year’s competition.

The band is directed by David Lang.  Their show’s 2018 repertoire, which they performed the morning of November 9, was entitled “Out of Darkness…” which included Dies Irae by Verdi, Creep by Radiohead, Pachelbel’s Canon in D and Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.  You can see their show (from the Valleyfest Showdown in Ames in October) here:

A video montage of the competition can be viewed here.  More photos and videos of their trip and performance can be found on the Mustang Band Boosters Facebook page.

KWWL congratulates the band on this outstanding accomplishment.


Abby Turpin

Evening Anchor

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