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2012 Grenada Band Accomplishments

Everyone in Grenada has seen or at least heard of the Grenada High School Band.  After 62 Grand Championships or Best in Class awards, the group has become almost legendary.  Each year band directors strive to “out do” the previous year’s show with better music, better performances, and better effects.  This year is no different with the moving extravaganza Joan of Arc

The 2012 – 2013 program showcases the life of Joan of Arc, the 19-year-old peasant girl who fought for France and helped defeat the British.  While fighting for her country, she was subsequently captured and executed.  Later she was elevated to Sainthood by the Roman Catholic Church.  Flags, swords, and rifles twirl and fly high as the band simulates the battles and coronations that took place during the life of Joan of Arc.    

Many Grenada residents have witnessed Joan of Arc during halftime at a football game this year, but some of the most incredible performances come during band contests. 

The GHS Charger band has been extremely successful at contests this year, improving their performance from week to week while earning top honors. 

Four weeks ago, the band traveled to Tennessee to compete in the USBands Arlington Open Invitational.  The band placed second overall in their first competition of the season.  The next weekend, the band earned straight superior ratings at the Region II State Band Festival hosted in Grenada. 

After each competition, the band reviews the judges’ comments and tries to make improvements to the show.  Two weekends ago, the close study of prior performances paid off when the band was awarded the Class 6 Open and overall Grand Championship at the USBands Mississippi Regional held at East Mississippi Community College.  The band placed first in all captions and won Best Music, Best Visual Performance, Best General Effect, Best Color Guard, and Best Percussion.  Not resting on their laurels, the band once again sat down this week with the directors and the judges’ comments to locate any small areas in need of improvement in their quest for perfection. 

This past weekend, the band traveled to Rome, Georgia to compete in the Peach State Marching Competition.  At press time, results were unavailable, but each time the GHS Charger Band steps on the field, they strive to put forth their best performance to date.  The Grenada School District is proud of the GHS Charger Band and the incredible performances they give while representing our school system.  Congratulations to all of the band members and directors on your stellar competition season!  The GHS Charger Band is under the direction of Barry Rogers, Director of Bands; Chris Sumrall, Marching Director; Bernard Hatch, Joe Presley, Kim Presley, Brandon Lang, Steven Hugley, and Mandy Bell, Choreographer. 

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Stephanie Raper
In the Loop Editor