O'Fallon's Marching Panthers captured first placed in the Veiled Prophet parade Friday taking home a $5,000 prize.
The O'Fallon Township High School marching band was one of five bands from the metro-east to place in the 2014 Liberty Drum Challenge held during the annual parade in St. Louis.
Belleville East High School took second place with a $3,000 prize, Collinsville High School finished in fourth place with a $500 prize, and Alton High School placed fifth winning a $500 prize. A marching band from Winona, Minn., won third place and received a $1,000 prize.
A total of 11 bands competed before judges along the parade route, which began at the Muny in Forest Park. The judges were selected from band staffs of several universities.
In 2013, O'Fallon and Collinsville tied for first place and Belleville East placed third.