Marching band earns top score at PIMBA competition


The Baldwin Highlander Marching Band prepares to take the field for their home competition.

Ava Bell and Tumi Ojo

Because the Baldwin Highlander Marching Band hosted the PIMBA competition on Saturday, they could not place. But their score of 76.55 would have earned them first place out of five bands.
Sophomore Emma Smerbeck does not mind the PIMBA rule on home bands not placing.
“In our hearts we know what we did was our best. We know we would have gotten first if we could place,” Smerbeck said.
Senior Alyssa Holby, a drum major, said she is proud of the band’s performance.
“I genuinely think that was our best performance yet,” Holby said.
Smerbeck praised the band’s performance, especially since they had rough practices in preparation for the competition.
“I really like how we all pulled it all together, compared to the two days before in practice,” she said. “It all, fortunately, worked out in the end.
Holby said although they had a high-energy performance on Saturday, there are some improvements that can be made.
“I think visually we need to improve a little bit, counting wise, and paying attention to the tempo,” Holby said.
The band’s next PIMBA competition will be on Oct. 1 at Moon Township.