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HHS Band ‘Best of Class’

Members of the Highland Home color guard and marching band celebrate after being named Best of Class Saturday. SUBMITTED PHOTO | LEIGH SMALL

Members of the Highland Home color guard and marching band celebrate after being named Best of Class Saturday.
SUBMITTED PHOTO | LEIGH SMALL

Highland Home School’s color guard and marching band was awarded Best of Class in Saturday’s A-Town Invitational band competition in Andalusia.

Ashley Catrett, director of curriculum for Crenshaw County Schools, said all of the county schools did well.

“I was actually at the competition,” she said. “I was very proud of all three bands that represented us in the competition.”

Catrett said all of the bands earned superior (1) or excellent (2) ratings in the competition.

“We had a lot to be proud of from all of our bands that day,” she said. “The bands did well and we had a great turnout from booster clubs and band parents.”

Highland Home’s scores were: drum major – 1; majorettes – 1; color guard – 1; percussion – 1; band – 1-1-1 for a 1 (superior) rating.

The Flying Squadron’s competition included other 1A schools: Brantley, Georgiana, Florala, Red Level, J.U. Blacksher and Escambia County schools. Brantley made the following scores: drum major – 1; majorettes – 1; color guard – 1; percussion – 2; band – 1-1-1 for a 1.

Luverne competed against other 2A schools: Opp, Baker, Elba, Headland, Zion Chapel and Flomaton. The Tigers’ scores were: drum major – 1; color guard – 1; percussion – 1; band – 2-1-1 for a1.

Judges scored each band by their maneuvers, marching fundamentals and sound techniques.

“We give out best in class for each class, band and all the categories; drum majors, color guard, majorettes, drums and dance line,” said Andalusia High School Band Director Bennie Shellhouse. “There’s a mayor award for the overall best band at the competition.”

Foley High School’s band took the Mayor’s Award and grand championship at Saturday’s A-Town Invitational band competition in Andalusia. As the only 5A to compete, Foley also took Best of Class.

Other Best of Class winners were:

• Class 4A – Daleville (drum major) and Saraland (majoretts, color guard, percussion and band).

• Class 3A – Rehobeth (drum major, percussion, band); Northview of Dothan (majorettes and color guard); and Straughn (dance line).

• Class 2A – Opp (drum major and majorettes); Baker (color guard and band); Elba (dance line) and Headland (percussion).

Class 1A – Escambia County High School (drum major and percussion); and Florala (majorettes).