Image: Brevard High School Band
Brevard High School Band performs at the tournament.
Image: Tuscola High School Band in action
Tuscola High School Band in action.

CULLOWHEE –There will be no “three-peat” this year for the Fort Mill (S.C.) High School marching band as Wando High School from Mount Pleasant, S.C., was named grand champion of Western Carolina University's Tournament of Champions, an invitational competition hosted by Western's Pride of the Mountains Marching Band on Saturday, Oct. 15.

The Wando High School band was judged as best among 27 of the Southeast's top high school marching bands that took part in the fifth annual competition.  Second place went to Dobyns-Bennett High School of Kingsport, Tenn., while Fort Mill High School took third place in the finals competition.

Bands were divided into three classifications based on the number of musicians and were judged in a variety of categories, including best color guard, best percussion and best drum major, during the morning preliminary competition.  The champion from each classification, plus the seven highest-scoring bands not represented as class champion, comprised the night time finals session.

During the morning preliminaries, AAA classification awards went to Fort Mill High School for best color guard and best percussion, and to Dobyns-Bennett High School for best drum major.  The AA awards went to Bassett (Va.) High School for best color guard, Tuscola High School of Waynesville for best percussion and North Lincoln High School for best drum major.  Awards for the A classification went to Forest Hills High School of Marshville for best color guard, Southern Nash High School of Bailey for best percussion and Brevard High School for best drum major.

The evening finals consisted of 10 bands each vying for the title of grand champion.  Other bands that advanced to the evening competition were Northwestern High School, Rock Hill, S.C.; Science Hill High School, Johnson City, Tenn.; White Knoll High School, Lexington, S.C.; Green Hope High School, Cary; Bassett High School from Virginia; North Lincoln High School, Lincolnton; and Forest Hills High School, Marshville.

The competition involved more than 3,000 high school musicians from Tennessee, Virginia and North and South Carolina.  All sessions were held at E.J. Whitmire Stadium on Western's campus.

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