The Smith-Cotton High School Symphonic Band earned “1,” or exemplary, ratings from all judges for its performance Wednesday, April 29, in Boonville for MSHSAA State Large Ensemble.

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Band director Grant Maledy said, "We had some challenges this year in our preparation with addition of our concert with soloist Ani Berbarian, Festival being a week earlier than normal and two key players being out, but the band really came together and set a high standard Wednesday morning in Boonville.

"I'm extremely proud of their performance and pleased the judges agreed," he said.