The Marching Spoofhounds once again came back to Maryville after a successful competition.
In Trenton last weekend, the band took first place in Indoor Color Guard, second in Indoor Drum Line, second in Parade, second in Field and also took Best in Field Auxiliary in class 3A.
This will be the last marching competition of the year, and the spring will bring concert band events.
Aside from football games and the homecoming parade for Northwest Missouri State University, the band will get some well-deserved time to relax.
"They spent so many hours working on it," band director Burke Shouse said. "It's good for them to see that their hard work paid off."
And speaking of the routine, this Friday at halftime of the football game in Maryville might be the last chance to see the band's full performance this year.
Shouse said that they play other songs during the parade, and even if the Hounds make it to the state championship game in St. Louis, they will not have time to play the whole routine.
The Trenton competition pitted the Hounds against anywhere from seven to nine other schools in their class, which says a lot to the direction the band is going.
The numbers have almost doubled since Shouse arrived four years ago. This year there were 68 students. He's expecting more than 80 next year.
"We keep getting bigger and adding more to our shows," Shouse said. "I am very pleased with how well they've performed. This was our best show we've done so far this year.
"The school is really supportive. We're fortunate to have that, especially in a time when many schools are cutting budgets for music and arts."