The Houston Tiger Pride Marching Band had a successful outing in a competition Saturday in Branson.

The band took first place in Class 1A and won outstanding effect, outstanding color guard, outstanding percussion and outstanding music, advancing to the finals, where it took 11th place out of 21 bands.

“These kids work so hard to do what they do,” said Sam Van Dielen, director of bands at Houston. “It’s not an easy schedule, it’s not an easy program, and our kids have done an exemplary job this year. And yet, it’s not quite over,”

Haven’t seen the band? There are these opportunities:

•This Friday night during Senior Night at Tiger Stadium.

•Saturday morning at the Ozark Mountain Marching Festival in Reeds Spring.

•7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Tiger Stadium for the season finale.

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