Salem Marching Blue won first place overall Oct. 12 at Reed Springs. The honor marks the first time the Salem Marching Blue has ever won first place overall in finals since its beginning in 1985.

The students, parents and staff of this group have proven that it doesn’t matter the size of your school, band or budget that you can have an attitude of excellence. These students will carry these lessons for the rest of their lives, said a post on the SMB facebook page.

Other awards received include: preliminaries, first in class C for music, visual, color guard, percussion, chuck wagon: presentation. In finals, they finished with an overall score of 83.4 winning first place for music, visual, and color guard.