WINFIELD — For the third year in a row, the Enid (Oklahoma) High School marching band took home the Grand Champion award at the “Mound of Sound” high school marching band competition Oct. 10 at Southwestern College.

Southwestern College logoThe event was approved by the Kansas State High School Activities Association and Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. High school marching bands that performed hailed from Arkansas City, Dexter, Enid, Great Bend, Pratt, Riverton, Winfield and Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Enid received an overall score of 86.37 to claim the Grand Champion award. The runner-up was Ponca City, with an overall score of 84.12.

Third place went to Arkansas City, with an overall score of 82.38. All three bands received Superior (I) ratings, along with Pratt. The other four bands received II ratings.

Other awards earned were Outstanding Drum Major (Ponca City), Outstanding Color Guard (Arkansas City) and Outstanding Percussion (Enid).

“The fourth annual ‘Mound of Sound’ marching festival was a huge success,” said Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College and the coordinator for the “Mound of Sound.”

“Our panel of adjudicators provided excellent feedback that will help each school’s growth and progress. It was also a valuable learning opportunity for our SC students, and a rewarding experience for our community to witness the outstanding music education that is occurring in Kansas and Oklahoma.”

Adjudicators were Gary McCarty, music performance; David Bartley, visual performance; Quenton Todd, general effect; Wayne Bovenschen, percussion; Brian Winnie, drum major; and Nikki Kirk, color guard.

Many directors stated they are looking forward to attending again next year, according to Kirk.

“‘Mound of Sound’ is becoming another great Southwestern tradition,” he said.

“As the second Tuesday of October approaches each year, we get so excited to host the talented groups who compete for hard-earned recognition.”

About Southwestern College

Southwestern College is a private liberal arts college, founded in 1885 by Methodists in south-central Kansas.

Today, its Winfield campus is the residential hub that guides students to lives of meaning and service, with well-rounded academic and extra-curricular offerings attracting traditional-aged students from throughout the nation and world.

Southwestern College Professional Studies provides options for online students in any location and has been named a top provider for people serving in the military.

The college continues to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

This information was provided by Southwestern College News Bureau Coordinator Charles Osen.