Bitter Sweet End to the DCHS Band Season at Division II
DC Band Boosters
Since the end of June, the DeKalb County Fighting Tiger Band has been working towards one major performance. That performance was the Division II State Championships at Independence High School in Thompson Station TN that took place this past Saturday.
Hours and hours of practice go into the show that you see on the field at the half-time of the Football Game. Gallons and gallons of sweat and tears go into that show. That is the same show that’s performed at the contests week in and week out.
At 10:00am, the Fighting Tigers took the field of preliminary competition to put on their best performance of the season. The band’s seniors were emotional but focused. This would be their final marching performance with the DCHS Band. The pressure on all of the students was very heavy. The band was ready to show what they are made of. The performance that they were looking for unfolded almost without a hitch.
Big Group Hug with the Seniors after the awards ceremony.
Although the band did not make the finals competition they did manage to improve on last year’s scores. The band placed 15th among the best bands in the state of Tennessee. Field Commander Hunter Tramel won second place overall and the band received superior awards for both field commander and color guard.
Band Director Jonathan Wright is excited about the placement. “We improved on our placement from last year.” He adds “Our band is very young and for them to handle the pressure of this contest like they did says a lot about what will happen in the years to come.”
One student said “Well, we did not make finals, but the important thing is that after we performed our show everyone walked off the field with a warm heart.” She added “It was, by far, my personal best performance. I think it was for everyone. I want to thank everyone who has supported the band this season. It really means a lot.”
Mr. Wright also wants to thank everyone that’s helped and supported the band this marching season. “The boosters, parents, local business, staff and school administration have been great this year. We could not have accomplished any of our goals this year without the help of these people.”
The band is not done for the year. Now they starts to prepare for upcoming the Christmas Concert and parades. Individual students will audition for the Mid-State band. The band will also be supporting the Tiger Football Team in the playoffs.
Keep checking the band’s website at www.dekalbband.com for a schedule of performances and other band news. You can even become a fan on FaceBook.