The MHS Marching Band traveled to Bonne on Saturday to perform at the Appalachian State University Marching Band Festival. Bands from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee attended the competition. Out of the 26 bands in attendance, McDowell placed fourth overall. Drum Majors Hayden Vaughn and Jobie White received first place drum major in Class 5A. McDowell also earned the Joe Phelps Esprit de Corps Award for exhibiting positive showmanship and sportsmanship at the competition.
McDowell voters cast 9,456 against the increase while only 4,580 gave their support.