Courtesy of The Warcry
Written by: Ivy Hyatt
(Bowdon, GA) — On September 28, the Heard County High School Marching Braves attended the Bowdon Invitational Marching Festival and Competition.
The Marching Braves performed first in the 1A division. Heard County competed against eight other schools in the their division including Loganville High School, Joy Unspeakable Home School, Walnut Grove High School, Eagles Landing Christian Academy, Georgia Military Prep School, Stratford Academy, Mount Zion High School, and Temple High School.
Band Director Armand Tyson and Assistant Director Jamie Barnard worked hard to prepare the students for this competition, while Erica Hendrix and Cody Norris led the Marching Braves as Drum Major and Assistant Drum Major.
“I believe this experience was a positive one for the band because we were able to be judged on our show and receive feedback from the judges,” Hendrix, states. “Now we know what we need to improve on for the next competition, and we were also able to see other good bands perform.”
The Marching Braves’ show, titled Las Vegas, included the songs Viva Las Vegas; It Is not Unusual, where Chance Bortle, senior tenor saxophone player, had a solo; Danka Schoen;, Luck Be a Lady, where junior trumpet instrumentalists Bradley Barber and Bobby Gilbert, had solos; and Poker Face.
The scores range from one to five; five is the worst you can do and one is the best score a band can receive. The Marching Braves as a whole scored a two, while the Drum Major earned a one. Percussion received a two, and they placed third in their class.
Heard County’s Color Guard also performed well, earning a one. “I am so proud of these girls and how dedicated and determined they are,” claims senior and Color Guard captain Jordan Callahan.
The Marching Braves will attempt to improve on their already solid performance at this Saturday’s Tournament of Champions at River Ridge High School in Woodstock at approximately 6:00 pm.
Heard County will also be performing at the Peach State Invitational in Rome on October 26.