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Williamson County Schools bands march forward with final competitions

Franklin High (center) wins bands of America Powder Springs Regional
Franklin High marching band wins Grand Championship award
Franklin High School Band Wins 2013 MTSU Contest of Champions From left to right, FHS Directors Michael Holland and Monica Zsolt, FHS Drum Majors Shannon Hendricks and Claire Albrecht, MTSU Drum Major Billy VanDelinder, FHS Drum Majors Erin Gleeson and Jeremiah Wooten, and FHS Band Director David Aydelott

Editor’s Note: Thousands of Williamson County students begin their band experience in middle school with the hope of participating in the competitive high school arena. The county’s state and national reputation is exceptional, beginning with the long tradition established at Franklin High School, but definitely not limited to this school. Congratulations to all of those students at Brentwood, Centennial, Fairview, Franklin, Independence, Page, Ravenwood and Summit high schools, who continue to make our community proud by their commitment to giving an enormous amount of time and energy toward this well-sought endeavor.

Franklin High School marching band won the Grand Championship at the 52nd Annual Contest of Champions at Middle Tennessee State University last Saturday, Oct. 26, with a score of 90.05.  
The marching Rebels took the title for the second year in a row, and the band retains the Tennessee Governor’s Cup for another year.

Franklin High’s Out of the Darkness performance garnered the award-winning band the coveted Governor’s Cup for the second straight year. Submitted

Franklin is the first Williamson County band to win the Grand Championship at this contest, which is the longest running marching band contest in the country and represents the best bands in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Oklahoma.
The band started its 2013 season off by taking highest honors in the Lower Antioch Experience Marching Band Invitational at Antioch High School on Sept. 28.  On Oct. 19, they competed with nineteen other bands from seven states in the 2013 Music for All Bands of America Regional Championship in Powder Springs, Ga., and took first place again this year with a final score of 87.7, with honors for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Visual Effect.  
In November, the band will compete against 90 bands from across the country at the 2013 Bands of America Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.  Last year. they took second place in the Grand Nationals Semi-Finals for Class AAA. Music for All’s Bands of America Championships is the “Super Bowls” for student musicians, encouraging them to strive for excellence.
The community is invited Saturday, Nov. 9 to Howard Gamble Stadium at Franklin High School for the second annual Community Cavalcade performance. This special performance is an opportunity to celebrate the partnership forged years ago between the community and FHS. The free program begins at 7 p.m. with an informative introduction led by directors David Aydelott, Michael Holland and Monica Zsolt, followed by a full performance of this season’s spectacular, award-winning show entitled Out Of Darkness.  

The Fred J. Page High Marching Patriots captured first place in the Silver Division at the Glencliff Colt Classic. Submitted

Corky's barbecue will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Franklin High School Chorus and their upcoming trip to New York City in March of 2014.  
Meanwhile, the Marching Patriots of Fred J. Page High School captured Silver Division awards for Best Color Guard, Best Percussion, Best Field Commander as well as first place in the Silver Division. 
Among 18 competitors at the Glencliff Colt Classic, the Patriots also galloped away with first place overall.  
The 81 Patriots performed “The Revelation”, featuring Bartok’s String Quartet, Adagio for Strings by Barber and Stained Glass by Gillingham under the direction of Matt Emerson.  
The Patriots next and final performance will be Saturday, Nov. 2, during the Division II State Championship hosted by Independence High School.  
The Patriots’ preliminary performance time is 1:30.
On the south side of the county, the Summit High School Marching Spartans were named the Grand Champion – Small Division at last weekend’s Vanderbilt Marching Invitational. The band, drum line, color guard and field commanders all scored a superior rating and the band finished first place in their classification. 
The final competition is the Division II State championship that will be held at Independence High School on Saturday, Nov. 2.  The Marching Spartans will perform at 11:45 a.m.

Posted on: 10/30/2013


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