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Pirate Marching Band is
grand champion at MWSC

The Platte Count Pirate Pride Marching Band and Color Guard has proven itself again.

This past Saturday, the 97-member group participated in the Missouri Western State College Homecoming parade competition in St. Joseph.

Earning 103 points out of a possible 115, the band secured a first place victory in the 4A class competing against bands from Kearney, Excelsior Springs, St. Joseph-Lafayette, and Savannah. the bank with the overall highest point total earns the title of Grand Champion. Platte County's 103 points earned them this title, nudging out 5A bands from Raytown South, Liberty, and St. Joseph-Central.

The band received a new Grand Championship trophy from Richard Yeager, parade coordinator of the Missouri Western parade. Missouri Western had to have a new trophy made for this event as the previous trophy was retired this past year by the Lee's Summit High School band, who had won the title three consecutive years in a row.

Platte County is working toward a similar goal this year at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. If the Platte County band can earn a Grand Champion title this year, they will retire the Northwest trophy as they have already earned the title the previous two years.

"I feel very confident about the band's ability to achieve this milestone," states band director Jay Jones. "The band has proven it has the ability, the question is how badly they want it."

The band has two weeks to prepare for this event. Retiring a grand Champion trophy would be a Platte County first.

"My hope is that we keep all this in perspective," said Jones. "We are competing against ourselves and our past record, not other bands. If we keep our focus on ourselves, I think the final result will be what we all want."

The band and color guard encourage everyone to go to Maryville on Oct. 20 to support them in their quest for history.