The Kossuth High School Marching Band picked up five trophies, including a Bronze Medal as the third best band in the state in class 3A competition.
“The kids were so excited to be there representing our school and community,” said KHS Band Director Brandon Harvell. “Their goal is to ultimately win the championship and are certainly disappointed to come in third, but we seem to get a little closer every year.”
After receiving all superior ratings at the regional competition in Tupelo earlier this fall, the Aggie band competed on Nov. 4 at Clinton High School in the MHSAA Marching Championship.
At the competition the band, led by Harvell and assistant band director Dianne Cole, won third overall, third color guard, fourth percussion, third general effect and third visual. The Kossuth band competed against 12 other like size high school bands in their class.
Harvell said the band has finished in the top-three two of the last three years and finished in the top five six of the last seven years.
“This year’s band is a special group of students who have a high level of dedication and pride in their band,” said Harvell. “Our show, entitled ‘The Kossuth Escape Room’, is a very exciting show and the kids bought into it early which motivated them to work hard all year. It’s their work ethic that has elevated Kossuth to one of the top tier bands in 3A.”
Harvell said the band relies on community support.
“I would personally like to thank everyone who has supported the Aggie Band this year from our parents, who work tirelessly to make sure we have what we need, to our fans and administration," he added. "We have a great group who always have our backs.”
KHS Principal Travis Smith is proud of his school's band.
"The Aggie band is a tradition at Kossuth High School – one we are always extremely proud of," he said. "Mr. Harvell and Mrs. Cole do an outstanding job July through May with the marching, music and choreography that is involved in a year long band program."