Emerald Regiment hosts first annual marching band festival


Maddie Powell

Emerald Regiment welcomes the RBHS football team onto the field at their game against Lutheran High School of St. Charles County, Sept. 30.

Sophie Connell, Staff Writer

The RBHS Emerald Regiment hosted a marching band festival Saturday, Oct. 1. The event spanned from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., with 12 schools participating in the competition. This was the first time RBHS hosted a marching band festival, presenting a new challenge for the band program.

Though planning for the festival started about three years ago, before the COVID-19 pandemic, parent involvement and preparation started one year ago. Jonathan Mallott, Emerald Regiment parent and festival coordinator, along with the parent committee worked to coordinate everything. Mallott said a few obstacles got in the way of planning the event, but they were able to work through them.

“It was very hard because today is a Mizzou home game,” Mallott said. “This means a lot of the resources we needed were already being used.”

Despite the challenges presented, those on the planning committee were detail-oriented and able to anticipate a large number of obstacles, said three-year Emerald Regiment parent Sarah Calhoun. Calhoun felt the event was fun for parents and students alike, and that students were able to learn from it.

“[Students learned] to have an appreciation for all the work going into hosting a festival and also about customer service, being friendly and helping others” Calhoun said. 

In order for the festival to run smoothly, marching band students as well as multiple cheerleaders signed up to work shifts, ranging from 1-3 hours long. Jobs included writing air grams messages that can be purchased to read aloud to students before they perform campus beautification and stadium attending. Whitney Farmer, senior percussionist for Emerald Regiment, said students started signing up and preparing for shifts about three weeks prior to the festival. Farmer’s biggest challenge was working to type the air grams in the bright sun, when she could not see.

[Students learned] to have an appreciation for all the work going into hosting a festival and also about customer service, being friendly and helping others.

— Sarah Calhoun, Emerald Regiment parent

Mallott felt the day was a success, and hopes the festival will become an annual event. RBHS has the potential to host up to 20 marching bands in the upcoming years, and this year Hickman High School took first place at finals. Mallott says this would be a great way to make money for the band program; along with fundraising, Emerald Regiment feels this was an opportunity for students to grow, and was a lot of fun.

“[My favorite part was] watching all the bands and the behind the scenes of a competition,” Farmer said. “I’ve never actually seen how that happens.”

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