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Originally published: 2012-11-05 18:15:01
Last modified: 2012-11-05 18:15:01

WHS Marching Band earns high marks

by Staff Reports

The Watauga High School Pioneer Marching Band concluded its season with a flourish Oct. 27, taking first place among five Class 1A high school bands who competed in Wilkes County.

In addition to taking first place, the Pioneers achieved an “excellent” overall rating and won first place rankings in the categories of percussion, marching and general effect. The band also scored a second place ranking in music.

Band Director Tim Walker said he was “extremely happy with the quality of the band’s performances this year.”

“They have consistently placed well in our marching band contests, and that is very impressive considering the high quality of the competition we have faced,” Walker said. “When we competed with six bands at North Lincoln High School on October 6, all of them were exceptional, and another band director commented that the bands were the strongest from top to bottom that he has seen in the nine years they’ve had that contest.” 

The Pioneers received an “Excellent” rating at that competition.

At another competition in Avery County on Sept. 29, Watauga’s marching band achieved a “superior” rating and took second place overall.

Walker praised the work of his students, saying they have shown steady growth and that they have represented the high school very well both in halftime performances at football games and in their marching band competitions.

While the contest season is over for the Pioneers Marching Band, it will perform in the Blowing Rock and Boone Christmas parades on Nov. 24 and Dec. 1.

The band will close out its 2012 schedule at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 in a free holiday concert featuring both the orchestra and band of Watauga High School at the school’s Ross Auditorium.

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