2006-11-09 / Front Page

LCMS/HS band ends competitive season with bang

The Lincoln County Middle and High School Band ended its competitive marching season with a bang at the Sound of Silver Festival and Competition held Saturday, October 28, in Blackshear, Georgia.

For the first time in five years, the band received a sweepstakes award for earning superior ratings across the board in the festival portion of the event. The band, the majorette, the colorguard, the percussion section, and the drum major all earned superior ratings.

In the competition phase, there were a total of three bands in Class 1-A: Lincoln County, Bacon County, and Wheeler County; seven bands in Class 2-A; and six bands in Class 3- A.

Class placement in an event such as this is determined by the number of instrumentalists and percussion players in a band.

According to Jasper Dukes, band director at LCHS, "We fell a little short in two categories in the competition. The band as a whole and the percussion section received excellent ratings, while the colorguard, the drum major, and the majorette were awarded superior ratings."

The director went on to note that the Lincoln County Middle and High School Band earned the following placements in Class A:

First-Place Band.

Second-Place Percussion Section. Best Majorette. Best Colorguard,

Best Drum Major.

"We earned a total of 15 trophies that day," said Dukes. "The students were so excited, they started making plans to return to Blackshear again next year. It was a very exhausting but rewarding experience for the students as well as the parents who were in attendance."

Earlier in the month, the LCHS/ LCMS band took part in the Lake Hartwell Marching Festival where the colorguard, the drum major, and the percussion section earned superior ratings and the band and majorette, excellent ratings.

The band also received third place at the Mustang Classic in Graniteville, South Carolina, and a superior rating at the Hawkinsville Marching Invitational.

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