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Worthington, other schools earn honors in Tri-State Band Festival in Luverne

Marching bands from Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota competed in parade and field events Saturday at the Tri-State Band Festival in Luverne.

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The "Spirit of Worthington" Trojan Marching Band plays in Luverne Saturday as part of the 70th annual Tri-State Band Festival. (Tim Middagh / The Globe)

LUVERNE — Marching was the order of the day as bands from all over the region competed in the 70th annual Tri-State Band Festival Saturday in Luverne.

“We were blessed by a beautiful day and the opportunity to witness some amazing bands,” said Jane Lanphere on behalf of the Tri-State Band Committee.

In the parade portion of the competition, Worthington High School earned first place in the Class 4A division, Tea (South Dakota) High School first and Brookings (South Dakota) High School second in the Class 3A division, Sioux Falls (South Dakota) Christian High School first and West Central (South Dakota) High School second in the Class 2A division, and Garretson (South Dakota) High School first and Adrian-Ellsworth second in the Class A division.

2021 Luverne Tri-State Band Festival

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In the field, Brandon Valley (South Dakota) High School earned first place in the Class 4A division, Brookings first and O’Gorman (South Dakota) High School second in the Class 3A division, and West Lyon (South Dakota) High School first and Lennox (South Dakota) High School second in Class 2A.

In Class 4A, Brandon Valley earned outstanding wind, outstanding percussion, outstanding auxiliary and outstanding drum major honors. In Class 3A, O’Gorman won outstanding wind and outstanding auxiliary, with Brookings claiming the outstanding percussion and outstanding drum major awards. In Class 2A, West Lyon took home honors for outstanding wind, outstanding percussion, outstanding auxiliary and outstanding drum major.

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At the Tri-State Band Festival in Luverne, a crowd gathers along Main Street Saturday morning. (Tim Middagh / The Globe)

The K.M. Getman Award went to Brookings High School, while the Parade Sweepstakes went to Sioux Falls Christian High School, and the Field Sweepstakes to Brandon Valley High School.

Sioux Falls Christian earned the People’s Choice - Parade award and West Lyon High School received the People’s Choice - Field award.

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A sparkling streamer is reflected in a brass instrument as the "Spirit of Worthington" Trojan Marching Band competes in the 70th annual Tri-State Band Festival Saturday in Luverne. (Tim Middagh / The Globe)

Also participating were bands from George-Little Rock, Iowa; Murray County Central; Boyden-Hull, Iowa; Dell Rapids, South Dakota; Pipestone; Tri-Valley, South Dakota; Stewartville; Madison, South Dakota; and Huron, South Dakota.

Luverne Middle School and Luverne High School bands hosted the competition.

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A 1999 graduate of Jackson County Central and a 2003 graduate of Augsburg College, Kari Lucin started writing for newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota in 2006. During her time as a reporter, she covered beats including education, watershed, county and agriculture, and frequently wrote about health and science. She has also served as an online content coordinator and an engagement specialist at various Forum Communications properties. She was a marketing assistant at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville for two years, where she did design work in addition to writing and social media management.

Lucin is currently a community editor with the Globe of Worthington.

Email: klucin@dglobe.com
Phone: (507) 376-7319
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