TIFFIN– On Saturday, Sept. 27, the Clear Creek Amana Marching Clippers loaded the busses and the trailer and traveled north to Marion, where the Marching Clippers performed its show “Les Miserable” featuring music from the musical with the same name. First on the agenda was the Linn-Mar Festival. The band gave a very good performance on a beautiful autumn day and was rewarded for their work with second place out of nine in a very competitive 3A division. Following are the results and scores for the 3A competition: First-Independence-82.5; second-Clear Creek Amana-81.5; third-Marion-74.9; fourth-Oskaloosa-72; fifth-Mt. Pleasant-71.7; sixth-Cedar Rapids Xavire-63.8; seventh-Davis County-63.5; eighth-Solon-61.4; ninth-Keokuk-58.6. In addition, caption awards were given to Independence for best Color Guard and Best Winds; Best Drum line was awarded to Marion and Best Drum Major to Marion.
Following the Linn-Mar Festival the band jumped back on its buses and headed to Marion Stadium the home field of Marion High School and the 34th Annual Marion Marching Invitational. After an outstanding performance, the judges rewarded the band with an overall score of 84.9, which earned them first place in the 3A division for the fifth straight year. In addition the Clippers gathered the 3A caption award for Best Drum Line. The Best Drum Major, Color Guard, and Horn Line were awarded to Independence. Following are the results in the 3A competition: First place-Clear Creek-Amana-84.9, second place-Independence-84.3, third place-Davis County-69.6, fourth place-Maquoketa-67.4, fifth place -Vinton Shellsburg-63.1, sixth place -Center Point Urbana-61.5, seventh place -Keokuk-57.7, and eighth place -Central City DeWitt-48.8.
On Saturday, Oct. 4, the Clear Creek Amana Marching Clippers grabbed their uniforms, flags, instruments and equipment and took to the road. The trip started in the district with the Octoberfest parade, an Amana tradition taking place in the streets of Main Amana. The high school band had a parade entry as well as our junior high band and both drew rave reviews from the crowds lining the streets of Amana. The day started out chilly and didn’t warm up much as the day progressed.
After the parade the Marching Clippers headed back to the school for dinner and rehearsals in preparation for 31st Annual Five Seasons Invitational Marching Band Festival at Kingston Stadium. At 7:30 p.m., the Clippers took their performance to the field competing against thirteen other 3A schools. The band delivered a glowing evening performance under the lights of Kingston Stadium and received a score of 84.25 points, which was good enough for second place in the 3A division. Clear Creek Amana Drum Majors Trevor Toy and Andrey Floryanovich were awarded Best Drum Majors in 3A. Clear Creek Amana also received the caption award for Best Color Guard. Caption awards for Best Percussion and Best Winds went to Independence. Here are the results in the 3A division: 1-Independence-86.75, 2-Clear Creek Amana-84.25, 3-Marion-79.2, 4-Oskaloosa-77.35, 5-Benton Community-74.95, 6-Cedar Rapids Xavier-73.6, 7-Vinton-Shellsburg-68.2, 8-Solon-66.7, 9-Center Point-Urbana-65.89, 10-West Delaware-64.47, 11-South Tama-54.95, 12-Anamosa-53.85, 13-Oelwein-53.7.
The band performed again at Kingston Stadium for the state competition on Oct. 11 and received a Division I rating. They concluded their season with a celebration family potluck on Sunday, Oct. 26. The Marching Clipper Marching band is under the direction of John C. Smith with Crys Smith as the color guard instructor and Brian Zeglis as drumline instructor.