Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Marching Orabs took part in two separate marching band competitions on Saturday, the first in Sheldon, and the second in Orange City.
The competition held at Orab Field was the Iowa High School Music Association State Marching Band Festival. Cliff St. Clair is the director of the Marching Orabs, and he tells KIWA that his group earned a Division I rating, the highest rating possible, for their performance at the State Marching Band Festival.
The Marching Orabs didn’t have the opportunity to stay to see the entire festival they were hosting, as they were scheduled to compete in the Dutchmen Field Championship, hosted by MOC-Floyd Valley, in Orange City. St. Clair tells KIWA that the Marching Orabs took 5th place, out of the 7 bands competing in Class 2A, with the Orab Color Guard winning the “Best Color Guard” prize at the Dutchmen Field Championship.
Original Story Posted 12:13 pm, Friday, October 11, 2019
Sheldon, Iowa — High school marching bands from across northwest Iowa will gather in Sheldon Saturday to compete in the 2019 Iowa High School Music Association State Marching Band Festival.
Marching Orabs Director Cliff St. Clair is the host for the festival, and he tells us more.
Due to the cold temperatures, St. Clair says the start time has been pushed back a bit.
He tells us about the routine his Marching Orabs will present Saturday.
For the complete schedule of the State Marching Band Festival at Sheldon, CLICK HERE.
In addition to the State Marching Band Festival in Sheldon Saturday, the Dutchmen Field Championship is taking place at MOC-Floyd Valley. Traditionally the Marching Orabs have finished up the State Festival, then boarded a bus for Orange City to take part in the competition there. St. Clair says the tradition will continue this year.
All of the 2A bands competing at Sheldon Saturday will also be competing at Orange City later in the day. The bands taking part in both events include; Sheldon, South O’Brien, Cherokee, Sioux Center, Sibley-Ocheyedan, and West Lyon.
A total of twenty-five marching bands from Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska will be taking part in the Dutchmen Field Championship, with the first band taking the field at 2:15 Saturday afternoon. The Sheldon Marching Orabs will be performing at 4:30 pm, while the final band performance will be an exhibition performance beginning at 9:15 Saturday night, by the MOC-Floyd Valley marching band.
For the complete schedule of Saturday’s Dutchmen Field Championships in Orange City, CLICK HERE.