GREENSBORO —East Surry’s Cardinal Flight marching band wrapped up the 2016 season by taking top honors in a competition at Northwest Guilford High School.
East Surry earned top marks in its own category (Class AAA) and also the top score in three classes to become A-AAA grand champion. In the larger band categories, Apex High earned the AAAA-AAAAA grand champion award.
For those who would like to hear East Surry perform, the concert band will give a free winter concert Monday at 7 p.m. in the Pilot Mountain Middle School gym.
Each year the marching band prepares a field show, with preparations beginning weeks before the start of the school year, said band director Matthew Trice.
While the color guard members learn their choreography, the musicians learn their parts and the basics of how to march and play at the same time. Then, they put that together with the drill, which are the formations made on the field.
The title of the 2016 field was “And Then There Was Hope.”
The music in the show portrays the ancient Greek myth of Pandora’s box. In the myth, the Titan Prometheus steals fire from Zeus and gives it to mankind. Seeking revenge, Zeus sends mankind Pandora and gives her a box, which he tells her never to open. Her curiosity wins out and she opens the box, releasing all the evils of the world. Pandora looks in the box again and sees that Hope is still inside.
In addition to performing at local football games and parades, the band travels to competitions where it competes against other marching bands.
Bands are divided into classes based on the number of members and judged in the areas of music, marching, general effect (how the whole show works together), percussion, drum major, and color guard. Based on the scores in each of these categories, overall awards for each class are determined. Grand Champion awards are given to the band earning the highest score in larger groupings of classes.
“Our band members have really worked hard all year, and it definitely showed during our last competition at Northwest Guilford,” said Trice. Not only did the band earn the highest score in Class AAA, their score was also the highest out of 14 bands in classes A, AA, and AAA.
The complete results of the 2016 East Surry High School competition season are:
• Fall Festival, Northwest Guilford
1st Place Marching, 1st Place Music, 1st Place Percussion, 2nd Place General Effect, 2nd Place Color Guard, 2nd Place Drum Major, 1st Place Overall in Class AAA, Grand Champion Classes A-AAA
• Festival of Bands, Mount Airy
1st Place General Effect, 1st Place Percussion, 1st Place Drum Major, 2nd Place Music, 2nd Place Marching, 3rd Place Color Guard, 2nd Place Overall in Class AA, Superior Rating
• Spartan Southern Classic, South Caldwell
1st Place Color Guard, 2nd Place Music, 2nd Place Marching, 2nd Place General Effect, 2nd Place Percussion; 3rd Place Drum Major, 2nd Place Overall in Class A, Excellent Rating
• Foothills Invitational, North Iredell
1st Place Marching, 1st Place General Effect, 2nd Place Percussion, 2nd Place Color Guard, 1st Place Overall in Class AA