The Mount Vernon High School band, which traveled to St. Petersburg, Fla., last week to participate in the Festival of States band competition, has won a first and a third place in the three categories in which the bands were judged.

According to festival spokesman Gregg Stemm, the categories in which the bands were evaluated included parade competition, field show competition and concert competition. Eleven bands participated in the parade and field show competition and nine bands participated in the concert contest.

Mount Vernon High School took first place in the concert competition with a score of 94.33 points.

In the field show, Mount Vernon High took third place with a score of 87.85. Liverpool High won first place with a score of 93.30, and Sprayberry High took second place with a score of 89.60.

In the parade competition, the first-place winner, with a score of 87.55, was St. Petersburg's Northside Christian High School. In second place, with a score of 86.3, was Liverpool High, and in third place, with a score of 81.05, was Long Prairie High School of Long Prairie, Minn.

The judging criteria for the field show and parade competition were music, marching and maneuvering and general effect. The concert competition was judged on basic music quality.

The Mount Vernon High School Band has 150 marching members, including auxiliary units of the rifles, flags and drill team and 100 members in the concert bands.