The Mighty Muskies Marching Band has a lot of achievements to look back on. On October 19th, they hosted the Iowa High School Music Association (IHMSA) State Festival and distinguished themselves among the many bands who participated. An eventful season for the Muskies, they also had the opportunity to host their tenth annual Muskie Marching Invitational on October 12th.
For twenty years, the IHMSA State Festival has alternated between Muscatine High School (MHS) and Davenport Central. Well-attended, nineteen different bands, including the Mighty Muskies, participated and received ratings for their performances. Always strong competitors, the Muskies earned their fifteenth consecutive division one rating, once again designating them as a top tier marching band and color guard program.
Along with their success at the IHMSA State Festival, the Muskies also had the honor of hosting the Muskie Marching Invitational. At the event, nineteen high school marching bands from Illinois and Iowa came and competed. Though the Mighty Muskie Marching Band did not perform (traditionally, invitational hosts do not compete) it once again marked them as an important part of the Iowa high school marching band scene.
After the competitions, Jeff Heid, Director of Bands at MHS, took pride in his students, both for their accomplishments as musicians and for their gracious hosting skills. “I feel they did very well. . .. We all [enjoyed] hosting the festival and hosting our competition the week before. Both events [afforded] us the opportunity to see great bands and get feedback from great teachers.”