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Sparkman High School Band marches to awards

Published 5:52pm Wednesday, October 26, 2011

BY GREGG L. PARKER

Winning a top spot on any given day is an accomplishment. The Sparkman High School Band took it one step further to win top spots, twice in one day.

The Marching Senators’ first competition for the season was at the BBVA Compass Bowl Band Championships in Homewood on Oct. 1, Sparkman senior Quinton Lane said. Lane is tuba section leader in the Sparkman band.

At the Compass Bowl meet, more than 2,000 students participated in 12 marching bands and two exhibition bands. Sparkman earned second place in their class, second place overall and third place for drum majors and color guard. The band rated superior in all categories, including drum major, color guard, percussion, guard and band.

On Oct. 8, the band captured first-place honors at the Dixie Pride Marching Classic in Hatton and the Renaissance City Shoals Invitational Marching Competition in Florence.

At the Dixie Pride Classic, Sparkman High School Band rated Best in Class for the entire band, drum majors, percussion and color guard. For Best in Class honors, judges look at all competing bands — not just in one specific class.

In addition, Sparkman won the Challenge Cup. Across all divisions, they earned the champions titles for the entire band unit, drum majors, percussion and color guard. In their class competition, the Marching Senators took superior ratings for drum major, color guard, percussion, guard and band.

At the Renaissance City Shoals Invitational, Sparkman received the first-place nod in their class for band, percussion, guard and drum major. They earned the title of grand champion for the large band division.

In addition, Sparkman received the W.C. Handy Award, similar to the Best in Class honor. David Dickson earned the Best Soloist Award. Superior ratings went to drum major, color guard, percussion and band.

David Raney is director of bands at Sparkman. For more information, visit sparkman-band.info.

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