MHS musicians earn honors at IHSMA Large Group Festival

Marshalltown High School musicians competed at the IHSMA Large Group Festival May 4-5, bringing home a number of top honors.

The orchestra competed at Valley High School in West Des Moines Friday, May 4, earning a Division I rating from all three judges. Orchestra Megan Stucky says this is the first Division I rating for the orchestra in 19 years.

“The orchestra program has tripled in size over the last six years and the students have worked extremely hard for this achievement!” Stucky said.

Other orchestras competing in West Des Moines were from Valley, Roosevelt, Hoover, Urbandale, Indianola and Boone.

MHS Wind Symphony and Symphonic Bands performed at Des Moines Roosevelt High School Saturday, May 5. The Wind Symphony continued its tradition of consistent Division I ratings earning top ratings from all 3 judges with a total score of 115 out of 120 possible points. The Symphonic Band earned a solid Division II rating with an excellent performance by the students.

The Treble and Concert choirs also competed at Roosevelt, earning the Division II rating with excellent performances.

Other schools in attendance with bands and/or choirs included Des Moines Roosevelt, Des Moines East, Des Moines North, Johnston, Urbandale, Southeast Polk, Newton, Ames, Ottumwa, and Ankeny.