The Boonville High School Silver Pirate Bands garnered “Exemplary” ratings in the Missouri State High School Activities Association-sanctioned Large Ensemble Festival held at L.S.E. Middle School Auditorium and Thespian Hall on Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16.
Both the BHS Orchestra and Symphonic Bands respectively scored “one” ratings from all four MSHSAA judges. Bands in the competition were judged for performances which were open for public viewing and for judges only, behind closed doors in sight reading. Judges ratings were based on a scale between an Exemplary, one rating to an Ineffective, five rating according to the MSHSAA Music Manual.  
The additional 18 bands participating in the festival featured nearby schools including Pilot Grove High School, Slater High School, Marshall High School, Smith-Cotton High School and Knob Noster High School.
“The Missouri State High School Activities Association Evaluative Music Festivals are conducted to develop and maintain the highest possible performance standards among music students,” explains the MSHSAA Music Manual, “The music festival system is designed to encourage not only exceptional musicianship, but also a respect for the arts and the discipline necessary to excel.”
The Silver Pirate Bands concluded the week with a public performance of their competition pieces at Thespian Hall in “A Night at Thespian Hall” on the evening of Saturday, March 17.
The volunteers who assisted in operating the festival including former BHS Band Director Steve Litwiller and Choral Director Ester Enderle. Silver Pirate Band members lent helping hands to competing schools as guides to and from the various preparation and performance locations as well in stage setup for each school’s performance.
By earning an exemplary rating in the festival, ensembles from the Silver Pirate Bands are eligible to enter both district and the MSHSAA State Festival held at the University of Missouri in Columbia in April.