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Admirals band takes top honors at inaugural Greeneville band competition at Tusculum College Oct. 8

TUSCULUM — Ron Rogers’ 235-member strong Farragut High School Admirals Marching Band took home the trophy for Grand Champion and another for First Place in its Class 4A division following Saturday’s competition in the Greeneville (High School) Band Classic.

Farragut also garnered First Place honors in the Drum Line, Drum Major and Color Guard categories.

The Admirals performed its routine “Letters to Home,” which bears a Civil War theme reminiscent to the recent movie “Cold Mountain,” in front of approximately 2,000 band members, support staff and fans that comprised the 20 high school bands performing in the event.

Competing bands from East Tennessee took turns performing their best half-time shows in the college's football stadium, Pioneer Field.

Adjudicators from the southeastern United States officiated over the competition portion of the festival, competition organizers said.

As host school, GHS did not participate in the adjudicated portion of the festival, but the audience was treated to a special GHS marching band exhibition following the on-field performance portion of the event.

The festival will conclude with the presentation of division trophies to competition winners. In addition to trophies, a monetary award will be presented to the band that is designated "Grand Champion” at the festival.

Two area colleges showed their support for the festival by offering scholarship opportunities to all senior class members of participating bands.

Carson-Newman College offered $5,000 to a high school senior band member pursuing a major in music at its institution, and a $2,000 scholarship to a senior pursuing music as a minor.

Tusculum College offered three $1,000 scholarships for three senior band members participating in the festival.

The festival committee expects scholarship opportunities similar to these to increase with next year's festival.

Front page photographs featured (top) an overview of the Farragut High School Marching Band as it begins its presentation of “Letters to Home” at the Greeneville (High School) Band Classic.

Pictured lower left is Color Guard member Corinne Sparks, whose group also garnered First Place honors.

Pictured lower right is baritonist Mike Agentis performing a solo as Color Guard member Amanda King dances.


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