Busy Weekend for Panther Band

Written by Theresa Rose on September 30, 2016

This Saturday the Mt. Pleasant High School Panther Marching Band will perform at halftime of the Iowa Wesleyan homecoming football game in the afternoon then hits the road again in their competition season, this time to Bloomfield to participate in the Davis County Festival of Bands.

Mt. Pleasant will be one of nine bands competing. They are scheduled to perform at 8:30 pm. Other area schools participating include Central Lee at 6:30 pm, Fairfield at 7:30 pm and Washington at 7:45 pm.

The event will be held at Davis County High School, and in its 42nd year, is one of Iowa’s oldest high school marching bands competitions. The show begins at 5:30 pm and will also feature exhibition performances by the Davis County High School Alumni Band and the William Penn University Marching Band.

The Panther Marching Band is comprised of 179 members from grades nine through twelve. The drum majors are QianQian Ye and Leah Johnson. This year’s show is titled “Magic To Do” and features music from the Broadway musical “Pippin” and includes the songs “Magic To Do/On The Right Track”, “Morning Glow” and “Finale”.

Jim DePriest is in his 25th year as director of the Mt. Pleasant High School Band. He is assisted by Laura Westfall, Adam Creager, Ron Coberley and color guard director Marlene DePriest.