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BHS Marching Band Ends Season With A Bang

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On Saturday, October 14, the Blacksburg High School Marching Band traveled two and a half hours to Harrisonburg to compete in the Shenandoah Valley Marching Invitational. After a season of considerably lower scores at competitions due to a weak show composition, the Marching Band was hoping for a turnaround at their final competition before State Assessment.

 

A strong performance brought the Marching Band to the top eight performing bands, allowing them a chance to participate in finals. In both prelims and finals, the Marching Band scored fourth overall. The band was also awarded first place in music and marching and second place in general effect in their class, AAA.

 

“We walked into this competition knowing the stakes were higher than usual; making finals was our ultimate goal. When I heard we had made the top eight bands, I was overwhelmed with emotion,” said Jenna Massey, sophomore. “It was incredibly gratifying to see almost three months of our hard work pay off in the eyes of the judges. I’ve never been more proud of this band.”

 

This year’s show, titled Symphonic Movements, featured pieces from Gustav Mahler and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The Marching Band performed at the VBODA State Assessment on October 21 and received a Superior rating. A Superior is the highest possible score and demonstrates the band’s extensive knowledge and superior execution of their show. Blacksburg has been a Virginia Honor Band for 25 years and this rating is half the battle of maintaining that title. The other half is receiving a one, the highest rating, at the district concert festival in March.

 

“This has been an amazing year for the band. The growth everyone has made since band camp has been phenomenal. When they said ‘Blacksburg’ and followed with ‘Superior’, it was one of the best feelings in the world. It was so rewarding getting awards and a Superior rating at states this year, but even more rewarding were the friendships we made along the way,” said Grace Turner, Band Captain and Senior.

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