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Mainland Band Captures State Title Remaining Undefeated by Jenell Sistler
It has been 5 years since Mainland’s Marching Band has taken home the title of State Champions and Regional Champions, but Saturday October 19 and Sunday October 20, 2019 the band took it home again. These wins are a result of a dedicated band and color guard and all the work they put in. You could be asking yourself, how hard do they work, and here is an answer to that. The Marching Band’s rehearsals start in June, every Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm to 9pm. Then they have mini-camp the week before and after band camp; band camp is 12-hour long practices for a 5-day week. Once band camp and are over, they get back to a regular schedule of Tuesday and Thursday rehearsals. If you live close enough to the school, you can hear the band practicing; while the band learns and memorizes their music, the guard learns and memorizes flag work. They perform every home game on Friday nights, and then wake up early the next day to compete Saturday and sometimes Sunday.
Being in Guard myself, I can say that the environment this year is a lot better than it was last year, which plays into the winning streak. For example, last year Color Guard did not have a proper instructor and the captains had to rewrite all our work; this year we have an amazing writer and instructor for Guard that have taught us a lot and make the season great for the veterans and the rookies. The staff overall this year amazing because they believe in us a lot so they push us to do ur best. Compared to last year, this personally has been the best season for us. Hearing “Mainland Regional High School” for first place was astonishing because, most of our show wasn’t on the field. Also, before our first competition we were worried because of the schools we were going against, but once hearing our score and hearing the judge's tapes everyone knew that if we kept working hard, we can keep getting better every weekend. The picture above is right after we won State Championships, the photo is from the Marching Band group on Facebook.
Leading up to being State and Regional Champions of 2a, it took six competitions to achieve the scores that put us in an undefeated spot this season. Scores are based off different aspects of the performance like marching, visuals, and music. Here are the scores from our season so far: Competition 1- 79.3; Competition 2- 84.86; Competition 3- 83.55; Competition 4- 88.305; Competition 5- 90.185; Competition 6- 90.965; States- 91.71; Regionals- 92.755. Breaking the score 92 means that the band gets promoted into open class which is a more competitive group. Being undefeated this season has made not only mad us recognized by the school and local newspapers, but we are also known by other bands in different groups. The picture on the left is from a rehearsal showing our Regional and State Champion banner and our trophies from this season, I got this picture from Facebook, picture credits to the Band Director, Mr. Ratcliffe. Having an undefeated season like this one makes it more nerve wracking for Nationals because, you never know how the performance might go for us and other bands. Mainland has never won Atlantic Coast Championships (ACC’s), the name of Nationals, and being undefeated this season we must push ourselves harder and make our performance on November 2nd the best one yet.
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