MAHOMET -- The Mahomet-Seymour High School Marching Bulldogs brought home an armful of top awards Oct. 5 from the 43rd annual Panther Marching Band Festival at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

The Bulldogs won for overall Class 5A champion, the top award in their division. They also earned first place, color guard; first place, drum major; and first place, visual general effect.

The band steps off again Saturday to compete at Illinois Wesleyan University in the eighth annual Normal Marching Band Invitational. They are scheduled to perform at 8:45 p.m. The contest will feature 24 high school bands and the IWU Titan Band and be held in Tucci Stadium at IWU in Bloomington.

The Marching Bulldogs then travel to St. Louis on Oct. 19 for a competition.