Marching Bulldogs earn honors
The Gainesville Marching Bulldogs band has earned honors in its recent appearances this fall. In the USBands Southwest Missouri Regional Competition Oct. 14, it earned first place in Group 1 in the preliminaries and also was awarded best in Group 1 in overall effect, music, visual, color guard and percussion. The band advanced to the finals and placed 13th overall. On Oct. 21, the band won third place in Class 2A in the Pleasant Hope Pirate Power Class Parade competition. And on Oct. 28, the Marching Bulldogs placed fifth out of 11 Class 2A bands in the Missouri State University homecoming parade, ranking as the best band among those from larger Summit Conference schools including Fordland, Conway and Marion County-Early. Band members are Kjerstin Phelan, drum major, front; first row, from left: Daniel Dickey, Dalton Barrnett, Keegan Corbin, Kailyn Corbin, Dyllon Mathews. Second row: Rebekka Elledge, Hannah Carter, Ryan Acklin, Jacob Overturf, Angela Gutierrez-Sabate, Savannah Phelps. Third row: Alex Crisp, Tanner Simpson, Kyler Phelps, Tyler Tabor, Gavin Phelan. Top row: Malakye Ray, Katelyn Burke, Payton Lynne, Golda Biby. The band is pictured wearing the new uniforms purchased this year by the school district with help from the Bulldog Booster Club. Not available for the picture: Teagan Broderick, Madison Butts, Amy Hill, Elijah Howard and Crispin Sanchez. The band’s next appearances will be Sunday, Dec. 3, in the Branson Adoration Parade and Saturday, Dec. 9, in Gainesville’s Jingle Bell Parade.