Pride of Pattonville wins several top awards at first competition


The Pattonville High School Pride of Pattonville marching band and color guard won several top awards at their first competition in two years. They earned Best Musical Performance, Best Visual Performance, Best Drumline, Best Guard, 1st Place in Division, and Grand Champion of the entire competition. 

High school director of bands Denny McFarland said the group performed so well after a mess of trying to get to the Farmington Marching Invitational on Saturday. 

Before they got there, the equipment trailer blew two tires forcing the group to pull over on Interstate 270 between Page Avenue and Olive Boulevard. 

“After unloading a bunch of equipment on the side of the highway and reloading into a rented U-Haul truck, we got back on the road,” McFarland wrote in an email. 

They arrived two hours later than expected, but in time for warmups and their performance. 

“The kids were amazing!”

This year’s drum majors are Hayden Langston, Alyssa Koller and Isabelle Usry. High school band directors are Denny McFarland, Anna White and Laura Livesay. Other staff members are Steve White, Charlie Bourrage, Herrie Pullom, Mark Ishman, Hershel Clark, Thomas McFarland and Connor Frisch.

The Pride of Pattonville will compete again on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the 8th Annual Music on the Meramec at Fox High School in Arnold, Missouri.

Marching Band
Color Guard
Denny McFarland
Laura Livesay
Anna White