Menchville Marching Monarchs Win at Warhill Competition

Best Music, Best General Effect, and 1st Place in Group 2


Sarah McElfresh

Mason Hill, Michael Mason, Alyssa Hughes, and Ian Carlton (left to right) hold awards after Warhill Classic win.

After two prolonged years, the Marching Monarchs recently introduced their Pirate’s Adventure show with drum majors Alyssa Hughes and Ian Carlton.
Covid-19 made it difficult for these musicians to practice together with the multitude of restrictions in place. However, their determination to get back on the field allowed them to overcome these challenges. Through the use of musician masks, the members of the band were able to play their instruments while following COVID-19 guidelines. Despite the ongoing pandemic, these musicians committed two weeks out of their summer to come together and develop their Pirate’s Adventure show. The dedication and time the Marching Monarchs put into this musical adventure was recognized when they received recognition at their last competition of the marching season.
This fall, the Marching Band performed at the Warhill Classic competition at Warhill High School. The Marching Monarchs achieved the awards of Best Music, General Effect, and 1st place in (their group) group two.
Amy Rediske, one of the senior clarinet section leaders, said, “I actually feel amazing because even after having two years off from in person band, we were able to pull out a winner and show everybody that after everything we’ve been through and worked on, we can come out on top.”
Dwight Beane, co-senior clarinet section leader stated, “I feel thrilled that we can come from a two year break of marching and win out at a competition. Through the season we have had many obstacles occur with various ways of getting around them. I find it encouraging to the future generations that we could come through trial to triumph in a competition.”

The Marching Monarchs will return to Warhill High School on Oct 28, 2021 for their State Marching Assessment.

The Menchville Band is hosting a citrus fruit fundraiser with Florida Indian River Groves for music and band materials. Customers can order a variety of citrus fruits from the band until October 29, 2021 at this link. Make sure to include the name of the band student you are crediting in the website checkout. All orders online will be delivered to the school and the student credited for the sale will deliver the fruit.

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Marching Monarchs continue to represent Menchville with pride and are prime examples of what Menchville is all about.