Recently the Mexico High School Dixie Gray Marching Band competed at the Southern Boone Marching Festival in Ashland.

This event, which is one of the two or three competitions per year the Bulldogs participate in, consists of demonstrating ability in field marching and parade marching. Events like this can draw anywhere from 12-15 to 30 different schools.

"The band has about five class hours per week it uses to prepare for all of its duties, including competitions and football games," said band director Josh Yancey. "That may seem like a lot but with the amount of different performance aspects that need to be covered to have a great presentation the band also practices an extra three hours a week on Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings. So hundreds of hours go into our eight minute halftime routines and parade performances."

With class sizes ranging from 1A-5A for this event, 4A results for Mexico include a caption award for best Drum-line. The Dixie Gray also earned a caption award for Color Guard (Flags).

"These festivals are friendly competitions. You see schools cheering each other on and supporting one-another, which I believe is one of many great things that happen at these festivals," Josh Yancey said. "My goal for the band is to always improve, make it a little better every time we go out. I can say with confidence that the band has made great strides so far this year and believe it will continue to do so."