On Saturday night, six bands competed at the Carolina Classic Marching Band Contest at East Lincoln High School in Denver. The contest which began in 1985 had taken a break for several years but is now back. The traditional contest still attracts many bands from around the region.
It takes a tremendous amount of manpower to run a marching band competition. East Lincoln had many band students and parent volunteers spend the night preparing food, selling air grams and directing bands to their proper warm-up locations. Many even had time to watch the six bands compete as they did their tasks.
East Lincoln as host band performed their field show “(Un) Bound” in exhibition at the end of the competition. East Lincoln band is directed by Brent Harris and is assisted by Brandon Meeks.
Overall winner for the competition and named Grand Champion was North Lincoln High School.
Competing for 1st and 2nd place awards in Music, Visual, Effect Percussion, Drum Major and Colorguard in Class A were Cherryville, West Lincoln, Mount Pleasant and Lincolnton High Schools.
- Cherryville High School’s band under the directorship of Ashley Cook performed “Summertime” and was assisted by Cheyanne Milwood and Ricky Alston. They are from Cherryville, N.C.
- West Lincoln High School, directed by Tyler LaDuke and assisted by David Parsons performed “Power The Machine”. They are from Lincolnton, N.C.
- Mount Pleasant High School under the direction of Bart Tullbert and Keith Lee performed “Ender’s Game – A Story Of Celestial Warfare”. They are from Mr. Pleasant, N.C.
- Lincolnton High School under the direction of Josh Belvin and assisted by Amber Hoyle performed “Egypt: Life, Rebirth and Immortality”. They are from Lincolnton, N.C.
Class AA competitor for 1st place awards in all the catagories was Reagan High School “Band of Raiders” from Pfafftown, N.C. They are directed by Andrew Craft.
Class AAA was represented by North Lincoln High School “Band of Knights” under the directorship of Neil Underwood and assisted by Jerry Lowe and Joanna Underwood. Their competition performance is titled “The Neverending Trail!”. They were the only band in this division to compete for the 1st place trophies and are from Lincolnton, N.C.
A group of well-known judges were present to judge the bands from the top of the press box and on the field:
- Morgan Brockman, Visual Effect
- Dustin Stamey, Visual Performance
- Matt Talbedrt, Music Performance Ensemble
- Wesley Allred, Music Performance Ensemble
- Ryan Summers, Music Effect
- Don Flewell, Music Effect
- Chris Kerpsco, Percussion
- Chess Black, Drum Major
- Monique Christian, Colorguard