The Pride of Aurora Houn' Dawg Marching Band made the trip to Carthage for the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival Marching Band Competition last Saturday. Twenty three area bands competed in four classes of competition.

The band captured first place in its class and received caption awards for Best Drum Major, Best Horn Line and Best Percussion. Due to severe weather that was moving into the area, the finals competition was canceled and the scores from the preliminary rounds determined the finals finishing order. Aurora took home second place in the finals with a score of 174.55 the only school to best that score was Lebanon with a score of 180.98.

The Aurora band finished ahead of some of the Ozarks' best bands, including Carl Junction, Webb City, Parkview, Branson, Joplin, Glendale, Bolivar, Reeds Spring, Monett, Mt. Vernon, Seneca and Hillcrest.


The 2017 marching season, titled Revolution 1917, was a successful one for the Houn' Dawg Band. The band competed in five marching competitions, starting on September 30 in Carl Junction. In the prelims, the band swept the caption awards (Best Drum Major, Best Color Guard and Best Percussion) and took first place in class B. In the finals, the band was sixth place overall and had the best score for visual effect.

On October 7, the band competed at both Valhalla (Parkview) and Ozarko (Missouri State). In the morning at Valhalla, the band took second in its class, and later in the day at the Ozarko prelims, the band the band again finished second in class but also received caption awards for Best Drum Major and Best Visual. That evening they competed in the finals at Ozarko and took third place overall.

On Tuesday, October 10, the band attended the Mt. Vernon Marching Band Festival -- a one and done performance. The band took first in class and took home caption awards for Best Music, Best Percussion and Best Drum Major, in addition to receiving the People's Choice Award for Best in Show.

After taking a much needed weekend off, the band resumed competition in Carthage on on October 21 at the Maple Leaf Competition. The band again took first in class with caption awards for Best Horn Line, Best Percussion and Best Drum Major. There where no finals on Carthage due to weather, so the preliminary scores where used, and the band took second place overall.

With five competitions and seven performances, the band brought home 20 trophies in a highly successful marching season.