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NHS Cardinal Regiment wrapping up contest season

Published: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 11:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 11:33 a.m. CDT
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The Newton Cardinal Regiment performs recently during a home football game. The Cardinal Regiment will perform Saturday at ValleyFest in West Des Moines.

The Newton Senior High School marching band will conclude one of its most successful seasons ever next weekend at State Marching Band Competition and the Waukee Marching Invitational, both to be held at Waukee Stadium.

“The kids continue to put forth a good effort every rehearsal and we’re hoping for good weather and great performances to finish out the year,” second-year director Jim Beerends said.

The Cardinal Regiment will perform tomorrow at the prestigious ValleyFest/Showdown event at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. The band performs at 1:30 p.m. as part of ValleyFest XXXIV. They return to the field at 7:15 p.m. to perform in Showdown XXXIV.

The band is coming off a fifth-place finish in its class — 10th place overall — at Urbandale last weekend. It opened competition season Sept. 28 with an impressive showing in Pella.

“We really have had some exciting moments this year including our second place finish at Pella the weekend of the 28th,” Beerends said. “According to the kids, that is the highest they have ever placed at that festival.”

Typically, the Cardinal Regiment makes a return trip to Pella to complete its marching competition season. And, once again, the Iowa High School Music Association assigned Newton to the Pella site for state competition.

“We will be marching at the State Marching Festival in Waukee this year instead of at Pella,” Beerends said. “We requested the change because we also march at the Waukee Marching Invitational that same evening and it saves us some travel time.”

The Cardinal Regiment marches at 2:20 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Waukee Stadium for its state competition appearance. Its marching time for the Waukee Marching Invitational in the evening has not yet been announced.

Daily News Editor Bob Eschliman may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 423, or at beschliman@newtondailynews.com.

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