MARION– On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Marching Clippers opened their competitive season with two competitions in Marion. The day began at the Linn-Mar Marching Band Festival at the brand new Armstrong Field. The Marching Clippers took the field at 11:45 a.m. with a performance of their show “Phobias- So What Are You Afraid Of?” Marching Band director John Smith said, “We performed well, we just need more energy.” The band placed seventh out of nine bands competing in the 3A division with a score of 68.
Next, the band traveled to Marion Stadium, the home field of Marion High School and the Marion Marching Invitational. The judges rewarded the band with an overall score of 72.4 which earned them first place in the 3A division for the second straight year. The Clippers gathered some additional caption awards as well. Field Commanders Jessen Smith, Jill Burdick and Natalie Weih earned the Best Drum Major award in 3A. Also, the band earned Best Drum Line and the Color Guard was awarded Best Color Guard in the 3A Division. CCA was awarded Best Band overall divisions including 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A schools participating.