Band Wins in Tennessee


There’s a lot of music, marching, and management that takes place from the time a student picks up their first band instrument until the time they join the Grenada High School Band as a Freshman. 

The sixth grade or beginner band focuses mainly on individual technique and sound.  As students move to the seventh grade, the band begins to practice more as a whole group and less and less in individual instrument sections.  Marching and simple drill movements are added during this year that include playing on the field as well as in parade formation.  Marching is expanded upon in the eighth grade as the color guard is added into the mix.  This introduction and expanded marching scope help ease the transition to the Grenada High Marching Band. 

Freshmen entering the GHS Marching Band have big shoes to fill, as this band is known for its spectacular productions and award winning shows.  Freshmen are expected to step up their game and perform at the level of upper classmen as the entire band works together to develop that year’s show.  Each week, a segment of the performance is learned, practiced and added until the entire marching show is unveiled at a home football game.  Once the entire performance is in place, the band begins to attend competitions.

The first competition for the 2013 – 2014 season came as Grenada High School hosted the Mississippi High School Athletic Association Region II State Marching Evaluations and received all-superior ratings for the 34th consecutive year.   The following weekend, the GHS Band carried their winning ways to Eads, Tennessee to compete in the 2013 Briarcrest Marching Invitational.  Eighteen bands representing three different states attended this prestigious event.    The GHS Charger band was awarded 2nd place Percussion in class AAAA, 1st place Overall Music, 1st place Overall General Effect, 1st place Visual, Grand Champion Color Guard, and for the 64th time the Grenada High School Marching Band was crowned Overall Grand Champion!  This award was extra special, due to the fact that for the first time in history the Grand Champion trophy was flown in by helicopter for the awards presentation. 

The Band Staff is very proud of the hard work the students put in the week prior to this competition, especially considering it was a short week for fall break.   The band looks forward to finishing out the season strong as they travel to Cordova, Tennessee, October 26, 2013,  to compete in the USBands Wolf River Marching Classic at Cordova High School, and then to Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 2, 2013, to compete in the USBands Southern States Championship held on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.   The Grenada School district congratulates the GHS Marching Band for their superior performances and wishes them the best of luck in their upcoming competitions. 

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Stephanie Raper
In the Loop Editor