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Marching Clippers

AMANA– On Saturday, Oct. 1, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Marching Clippers took their show on the road, first performing in the annual Octoberfest Parade in Amana, then heading north to Cedar Rapids for the 28th annual Five Seasons Invitational Marching Band Festival at Kingston Stadium.
“The bus was literally smoking its way up 380 when the driver decided he couldn’t go on,” said CCA Fine Arts and Music Enhancers member David Raim. “Luckily they got a replacement bus and made it to the festival in plenty of time.”
The Clippers took the field at 7:15 p.m. when the sun was setting and the performance was sparkling. The Clippers took their performance to a new level. The Five Seasons Invitational is the largest in which CCA competes, with 11 schools in the 3A division. The band received its best score of the season with 79.5 points, good for third place in the 3A division.
On Saturday, Oct. 8, the Marching Clippers concluded their competitive season at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids once again, this time judged for a division rating rather than a ranking/placing. The Marching Clippers finished the competition with a score of 91 and a division I rating.
The Marching Clipper marching band is under the direction of John C. Smith with assistant Adam Merkes. Cry Smith is the color guard instructor and A.J. Collins is the drum line instructor. The marching band celebrated the end of its 2011 season with a family potluck Oct. 23.