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Catawba Ridge Excessive College wins SC marching band state title

Catawba Ridge Excessive College band

Shut as they’re on a map, the highest two marching bands from Fort Mill have been even nearer to the highest of the 4A standings at Saturday’s state championship.

Catawba Ridge received. It was the second state championship for the college in three years.

Catawba Ridge topped Nation Ford by a single level. Nation Ford has been the champion 9 occasions.

The 4A finals have been a spotlight reel of tri-county bands. 5 of the 16 finalists statewide got here from York or Lancaster counties. York completed fifth, adopted by Indian Land in seventh and Northwestern at No. 12.

For comparability, Nation Ford was greater than 4 factors forward of the third place band, TL Hanna.

Nation Ford director Ray Linkous mentioned his workers was extraordinarily happy with the efficiency.

“Most band packages nationwide are nonetheless feeling the impact of COVID, and it has been a difficult 12 months for all of us with reference to regaining the abilities and tradition we had earlier than the pandemic,” Linkous mentioned. “For us at Nation Ford, these challenges have include many constructive and helpful studying experiences which resulted in a beautiful feeling of accomplishment.”

College students labored onerous and grew this season, and Linkous mentioned it was an honor to compete with gifted 4A bands from throughout the state.

“We have been notably proud to compete as carefully as we did with our fellow Fort Mill household at Catawba Ridge, who at the moment are the reigning 4A Champions,” Linkous mentioned. “The administrators and workers at Catawba Ridge run an excellent program and are fierce opponents who actually push us to be the perfect we might be.”

Posted scores from the championship present simply how shut the Copperheads and Falcons have been. The faculties really break up the judges’ scores on music efficiency. Catawba Ridge was greatest in particular person music, Nation Ford greatest in ensemble. Nation Ford completed forward of Catawba Ridge, and greatest total, in total music efficiency.

Catawba Ridge shined in visible efficiency and total impact. The Copperheads swept all 4 judges from these classes. Nation Ford was second greatest. Out of 44 rankings from particular person, single-judge element scores to total totals, solely twice would both band fall out of the highest two spots.

The outcome Saturday was virtually a mirror of the higher state championship, when Catawba Ridge and Nation Ford completed even nearer collectively. Catawba Ridge received higher state by a tenth of a degree. There, Nation Ford received total music and impact. Catawba Ridge received total visible. The faculties break up throughout particular person and ensemble scores all through judging. The 93.2 rating for Catawba Ridge and 93.1 for Nation Ford have been greater than three factors away from the sector.

The higher state scores for Catawba Ridge and Nation Ford have been the 2 highest in higher state or state competitions to date this season. The state championship scores for each scores are the very best in state championship performances to date.

This season continues a championship pattern in Fort Mill. Discounting 2020 when COVID-19 canceled competitors, a minimum of one band from a Fort Mill faculty has received a state championship in all however one 12 months since 2008. Twice in that span, together with final 12 months with Nation Ford and Catawba Ridge (3A on the time), two Fort Mill bands received state titles.

1A, 2A, 3A bands

Most space bands that participated Saturday have been in 4A, however a number of smaller faculties competed too.

South Pointe completed tenth within the state 3A competitors. South Pointe was as excessive as fifth and sixth in some parts, and scored no decrease than No. 13 in any of them.

In 2A, Andrew Jackson completed sixth within the state. Andrew Jackson scored as excessive as fourth in his competitors for ensemble and total visible efficiency.

York Prep was fifth and Lewisville completed at No. 13 in 1A. All space bands that marched Saturday, throughout classifications, certified by means of higher state championships the place they scored within the high eight.

5A marching band

The biggest bands statewide have not marched but. There is not an higher state competitors. Preliminary and ultimate rounds will likely be Saturday at Irmo Excessive College.

Rock Hill will march at 11:15 am within the prelim spherical, adopted by Fort Mill at 1:15 pm and Clover at 1:45 pm The highest 10 bands will advance to the championship spherical, with efficiency begin occasions from 6:30 to 9:30 pm

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John Marks graduated from Furman College in 2004 and joined the Herald in 2005. He covers neighborhood development, municipalities, transportation and training primarily in York County and Lancaster County. The Fort Mill native earned dozens of South Carolina Press Affiliation awards and a number of McClatchy President’s Awards for information protection in Fort Mill and Lake Wylie.
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