The LCHS Band finished out its marching season in style with last Friday night’s blackout game.
“Friday was a special night for many reasons,” said Johnathan Johnson, director of bands. “We celebrated the triumphs and accomplishments of our seniors during our senior night festivities, as well as ushering in the new generation of band students by inviting over 30 future Falcon band members who are making preparations to march next year with the LCHS Falcon Band.
“We had a blast Friday night,” he added. “For many students, band is a family affair, and it was really awesome seeing parents and alumni bring in their children or younger siblings to join in Friday night. We are building a tradition of excellence, and we have some really fantastic parents, students and an administration that have supported us along the way.
“It is clearly evident that band is valued both in our school and our community,” Johnson said. “The best thing about coming to school in the morning is seeing the students lined up with their instruments ready to start the day, and this is not only at the high school level. The coolest part of my job is being able to spend the very first part of my morning with middle school students, many who come to school an hour early just to practice and have a sectional, and this is the case all across our county.”
The LC marching band had a very successful season and has received some high accolades in the past weeks. This year, the LCHS Falcon band traveled to three Saturday band competitions and favored well all season. The first was the Tree-City Marching Invitational held at Warren County High School in McMinnville. The Falcons placed first overall in Color Guard and Drum Major with a Superior rating for Band, Guard and Drum Major, and an Excellent rating for Percussion.
The LCHS band traveled to Hartselle, Ala., on Oct. 5 to compete in the Southern Hospitality Marching Invitational where they competed in the most competitive class AA and received ratings of 1 in Drum Major and 2 in Band, Percussion and Color Guard.
The final competition brought the band back closer to home with the Pulaski Classic in Pulaski on Oct 19. LCHS competed against over 20 other bands across Tennessee and Alabama. This year, because of the growth in the band program, Lincoln County competed in Class E which was three classes higher than in previous years. LCHS placed second right behind Station Camp High School, who took the grand champion cup home at the end of the night.
One highlight from this night was the placement of the LCHS Drum Major Michael Morales, who scored a 91, the highest score of the night, earning him a Best Drum Major overall title.
“We are excited to close this chapter of our year strongly and are quickly making a transition into our concert and winter programs,” he said. “If you or anyone you know is interested in either joining, learning more or supporting our programs, please feel free to contact me at anytime at email@example.com, or by phone at (931) 433-6505 and asking for the band director.”