The Appling County High School Pirate Brigade has enjoyed a very successful fall marching season with their show ‘A Pirate’s Life’. The students and staff have worked extremely hard since July in bringing this show to the superior level it has become.
The band has participated in three marching contests this fall and performed at a high level at all of them. The seniors and band leadership have done an outstanding job of working to set a high standard for the group this year.
The first competition was on October 6, at the new Statesboro High School. Eleven total bands competed in the event. The Brigade received a superior rating from all judges being only one of two bands to accomplish that. The band also won best in class for overall band, colorguard, and Kristin Hand won best in class drum major. The percussion won second in class. The colorguard under the direction of Ann Herndon came in first out of all colorguard groups there. The band came in second overall out of all bands in all classes that competed with a score of 90.83.
The Sound of Silver Marching Contest in Blackshear was the next weekend on October 13. The band once again proved they were up for a great performance after a week of two days off and homecoming activities. There were a total of 14 bands competing in their class and 25 bands competing total. The band once again received all superior ratings in overall band, percussion, colorguard and drum major. Kristin Hand won third place drum major in Class AA and the percussion won second place in Class AA. Out of 14 bands competing in Class AA the overall band won first place. Out of 25 total bands competing The Brigade came in second overall- runner-up to the grand champion.
The band continued their success one more time at the Battle on the Border contest in Valdosta, at Lowndes County High School. The band was competing in Class 3A with larger schools. The band earned all superior ratings for the third week in a row in colorguard, percussion, drum major and overall band. The colorguard, percussion and overall band won best in Class 3A. That is the third week in a row the band has won best overall band in class. All bands in Class 1A, 2A and 3A are grouped into the silver division and the ACHS band was named the winner of the overall silver division as well. The band was one of eight bands selected to perform in the finals Saturday night and did an outstanding job of competing against large school band programs.
Congratulations to the band for three straight outstanding performances at competition in 2012.