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FHS Band is semi-finalist at Bands of America Grand National Championship

The Franklin High School Band was recently named as a semi-finalist at the Bands of America Grand National Championship in Indianapolis. Nationwide more than 500 bands competed throughout the fall at the Bands of America regional competitions. Eighty-seven bands from 21 states competed in Preliminary Competition at the four-day Bands of America Grand National Championship held in Lucas Oil Stadium.

In preliminary competition Franklin placed 11th claiming a position among the 34 bands advancing into the semi-final competition. Franklin was awarded second place among all Class AAA bands in this national competition in the semi-final competition. The 174-member band is the largest marching band within the Williamson County School District and joins Brentwood and Page high schools in the distinction of being named a Grand National Championship Semi-Finalist. The 2012 show was entitled 'incantation' and included dramatic visual effects and eerie music. This year the band also earned the titles of Bands of America Jacksonville Regional Champion and Tennessee State Marching Band Grand Champion, and was named the Tennessee Governor's Cup recipient. The Franklin Band is under the direction of David Aydelott.

Bands of America was founded in 1975 and held its first Grand National Championship in 1976. Music for All's Bands of America Grand National Championship, presented by Yamaha, is the nation's premier high school marching band competition. More than 50,000 spectators were in attendance. The 22 judges came from around the United States and Canada.

In addition to the band's achievement, PJ Littleton of Franklin was honored at the event as the national recipient of the Patrick John Hughes Parent/Booster Award, which recognizes the extraordinary commitment, dedication, support and sacrifice of music parents and boosters. Littleton was nominated by the Hillsboro Middle School for his diligence in establishing a band program for the school. Since its inception five years ago, this is the second time the award has been bestowed upon a Williamson County band supporter. In 2010 Charlie Broach received the honor. The Tennessee volunteer spirit continues to be recognized nationally. During Thursday's Preliminary Competition the Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands performed for the thousands of spectators.

Posted on: 11/12/2012


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