Written by:Hannah McLeod and Taylor Bates
The Superior rated Lee County High School Marching Trojan Band attended the Sound of Silver Invitational on Saturday, October 17, in Pierce County, GA. The band received straight superiors. That means they got a score of 85 or higher. Auxiliary (Color Guard, Danceline) placed 1st overall. The band placed 3rd in class AA, Drumline placed 2nd in class AA, and the band placed 6th overall out of 24 bands.
What is it like to be the coach of a superior/1st place team?
“I am so proud of my girls. Sometimes, I wish they could see themselves through my eyes. I’ve known since the first day of Guard Camp in July that they were capable of doing anything they set their minds to as long as they consistently worked together as a team. Like any team, we had a few bumps along the way. Speaking of bumps, I had goosebumps while the band performed the last song, “Home.” Color Guard spent weeks cleaning up the routine for that song so I was a little nervous for them. It all came together though–the music, the dancing, the flags–everything and everyone worked together. By the end of their performance, I knew for sure that the band left everything they had on the field. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that our Color Guard and Dance Line had received the highest auxiliary score out of the 22 bands that were there. I always think they are awesome, so it was nice to see that our judge agreed with me.” stated Mrs. Hyslop.
How did you feel when you found out auxiliary placed first overall?
“I was shocked. I was elated after placing first in our class, and that would have been enough for me. To place first overall in my last competition was the icing on the cake of a great season as Captain. I’m so proud of all that both Color Guard and Dance Line have achieved this year!” said Rosemary Scott.
What was your reaction when you found out auxiliary placed 1st over all the other auxiliary?
“I was honestly shocked, and then I was speechless. All I could do was think about you guys (color guard and danceline) and how much work y’all have done this season.” Stated Amber Ward.
How did you feel when you found out drumline placed 2nd in class AA?
“It was a feeling of accomplishment and immense happiness.” said Colton Benner.
What are your thoughts on the band’s performance at the sound of silver invitational?
“This year, as with most years, we had plenty of challenges to overcome. Our band has a lot of freshmen, and they had to step up. They did. We had more rain during rehearsals than I have ever seen, and we had to push through it. We did. We had rain for three games in a row, and we had to persevere. We did, even when the other teams’ bands packed it up and went home early. Our band learned to work hard and push each other, and now they are reaping the rewards of two Superior-rated competition performances. I am absolutely thrilled at how our season turned out.” said Mr. Carter