Grenada Band Reaches Benchmark-
50th Grand Championship or Best in Class Title



The Grenada Band of Grenada, Mississippi, added the 50th Grand Championship or First in Class Title to its record last Saturday. Grenada achieved its latest awards in the 2002 23rd Annual Old South Marching Festival in Atlanta,Georgia, in competition with 25 bands from a three state area. Grenada received eleven trophies at the event including the Silver Cup Grand Championship trophy, first place in percussion and color guard, first place in class, all superior ratings in band, colorguard, percussion, and drum majors, and overall awards in High Music and High General Effect.

Assistant Band Director Lynne Russell states, "We do well in competition so often that the Grenada community takes for granted that we will continue to excel. The 250-plus member marching band is a phenomenon of acheivement for a small Mississippi community. Consistent recognition with fifty Grand Championship or First in Class Awards in the past twenty-four years is an unbelievable benchmark!"

One of the student drum majors, David O'Bannon, says,"Our hard work at band camp paid off when we saw the standing ovation reaction of the audience to our performance in Atlanta!"

Grenada Band has a consistent record of accomplishments over the past twenty-four years. In addition to the 50 Grand Championship or Best in Class awards, Grenada was also the featured NBC band at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in 1995 and marched again in the Macy's Parade in 2001. Grenada Band also traveled to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California in 1998, and received the Governor's Grand Marshall Best High School Band Award for the 1995 Inaugural Parade.