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Marching Band Wins Major Competition

“And the winner is the Savannah Christian Prep Red Raider Marching Band!”

The marching band season has peaked with a huge win at the East Georgia Marching Band Festival & Championships on October 31.  The SCPS Raider Marching Band 2015-16 show is titled “Nocturnal Requiem” which includes the musical selections from Old Toys, Beetlejuice,  Maleficent, and Sleepy Hollow.

This year’s show concept originated with our student leadership last spring. The band began practicing in mid-July at band camp and continued to practice after school three days a week. As the marching season developed, our band director, Mr. Lindy Sikes, added visual and musical elements to the show to complete the performance. The entire performance was presented in two area competitions during the month of October.

Known across Georgia as one of the best run, most productive, and most rewarding marching band festival and shows in the state, SCPS was honored to not only compete but be exceedingly recognized for the superior performance, creativity and originality for the show and the skills that our students exhibited.  In operation since 1973, the competition is hosted by Statesboro High School and attracted twenty-two marching bands from across the area.

The SCPS Band competed in the Class A group against seven other marching bands. The band earned:

Best Band in Class A

Best Color Guard

Best Drum Major

Best Music and Visual Performance

Best Overall Effect

Overall Excellent Rating

Featuring Olympic-style judging the competition had judges for Color Guard, Drum Major, Percussion and five Band judges. Of the five band judges, the highest and lowest scores are discarded and the median three scores are averaged.  The band judges graded the preforming groups in sub-captions of Music Performance, Visual Performance and Overall Effect.

In Music Performance SCPS was best in class with a 33.57 average out of 40.

In Visual Performance SCPS was best in class with a 25.00 average out of 30.

In Overall Effect SCPS was best in class with a 26.27 average out of 30.

The Overall Band score was an 84.83, Best in Class.

In Color Guard SCPS scored 86.00 out of 100 which was Best in Class.

In Drum Major SCPS scored 86.00 out of 100 which was Best in Class.

Interestingly, in Music Performance, Visual Performance and Overall Effect, SCPS was 10th overall in the whole competition which was very close if not higher than some of the large bands from other higher classification bands.

For the Drun Majors, Carlie Moore scored 7th place out of all drum majors in the competition while our terrific color guard placed 5th overall in the entire competition.  Thank you to Courtney Sanderlin ’14 for her leadership with our young ladies.

“I couldn’t have asked for more than what we did! I am SO proud of all of the hard work and determination that was displayed this year! And I couldn’t be happier!” said Lindy Sikes, SCPS Director of Bands.

band competition trophy