2018-11-08 / Front Page

Marching band receives top honors at Garden City Classic competition


The Lincoln County High School Red Pride Marching Band members are (front row, l-r) Jekhia Moore, Karra Hearst, Jaleiah Henderson, (second row) Mekenzie Norman, Jullian Lamberty, Alexis Hunter, William Harper, Kimya Ferguson, Jordan Brown, Ryjon Wynn, (third row) Anthony Allen, Briana Wig­gington, Gregory Willingham, Lydia Partridge, Ariel McCauley, Tranter Duncan, Da’Nautica Kendrick, Kadence Towns, Charlotte Hodnett, Emilee Pirkle, Naomi Chiles, (back row) Nicholas Towns, Savannah Gunby, Octavious Zellars, Isaiah Brooks, Isaiah Cannady, Christopher Chandler, Alyssa Henderson, Naziah Cain, and Miracle Crite. The Lincoln County High School Red Pride Marching Band members are (front row, l-r) Jekhia Moore, Karra Hearst, Jaleiah Henderson, (second row) Mekenzie Norman, Jullian Lamberty, Alexis Hunter, William Harper, Kimya Ferguson, Jordan Brown, Ryjon Wynn, (third row) Anthony Allen, Briana Wig­gington, Gregory Willingham, Lydia Partridge, Ariel McCauley, Tranter Duncan, Da’Nautica Kendrick, Kadence Towns, Charlotte Hodnett, Emilee Pirkle, Naomi Chiles, (back row) Nicholas Towns, Savannah Gunby, Octavious Zellars, Isaiah Brooks, Isaiah Cannady, Christopher Chandler, Alyssa Henderson, Naziah Cain, and Miracle Crite. The Red Pride Marching Band of Lincoln County High School recently participated in the Garden City Classic marching competition in Orangeburg, South Carolina, garnering Class 1A awards includ­ing an excellent band rating, first place drum major, first place per­cussion, first place horn line, and third place band.


Red Devil Pride Band leaders and seniors are (front) Tranter Duncan, (back, l-r) Ryjon Wynn, Evan Thomas, Isaiah Cannady, Kimya Ferguson, Jasper Dukes band director, Da’Nautica Kendrick, Alexis Hunter, and William Harper. Red Devil Pride Band leaders and seniors are (front) Tranter Duncan, (back, l-r) Ryjon Wynn, Evan Thomas, Isaiah Cannady, Kimya Ferguson, Jasper Dukes band director, Da’Nautica Kendrick, Alexis Hunter, and William Harper. “The band members started pre­paring for this marching season back in July during band camp,” Band Director Jasper Dukes said. The students workaed hard on mu­sic and marching fundamentals to come up with this year’s march­ing show. The theme of the show featured music by the legendary elements of the universe better known as “Earth, Wind, and Fire.” The band has been actively par­ticipating at this season’s football game.

“As I watched the band perform during the competition I was so proud of them as they seemed to be focused and performed as if they had a purpose in mind,” Dukes said. “Before taking the field, we had our warm ups, and talked about having a chance to make a mark for ourselves at this event. For us, making a mark would be to win top honors in each area and we achieved that in all but two.

This was the first time participat­ing in this competition, so I really didn’t know what to expect. As al­ways, I closed out my conversion by encouraging the students and told them I wanted them to give me their very best. And if they did I would be pleased regardless of what the judge’s results would be at the end of the day.”

As the award ceremony was about to begin there were six bands registered for Class 1A, and it was apparent that the Red Pride stu­dents were a bit nervous, but wtill excited. As the first award was announced, calling out Lincoln County as the winner, and then the second, and then the third award, all going to Lincoln County, the student and parents were about to jump out of the stands with joy. “The only two awards we missed were dance line and color guard,” Dukes reported, “so we were all pleased with the outcome and look forward to returning next year.”

The students have been prepar­ing for more upcoming events including honor band auditions, and the annual Christmas concert which slated for 7 p.m., on De­cember 13, in the school audito­rium. The cost is free.

“Please consider making this a part of your scheduled holiday events, this is the bands way of giving back to the community,” Dukes said.

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