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District Five high school bands shine in marching state championships

Irmo, SC - Chapin High School’s “Pride of the Midlands” marching band topped 15 of the top programs in South Carolina to clinch the 2017 AAA State Marching Band Championship on October 28 at Batesburg-Leesville High School. Irmo High took home second place and Dutch Fork High finished fourth in the AAAA state championship competition.

“I am so proud of my students and staff for creating such a beautiful show that moved audiences to tears,” said Kevin Hebert, Chapin High’s director of bands. “This marching band season was a great success in teaching the students about persistence. This has been the hardest working and most improved group of students I have ever taught. Each week the students continued to make improvements on their show, even down to the very last day.”

Chapin High’s victory comes on the heels of hosting the Lower State Championships for the first time in school history where they finished runner-up to Irmo High.

“We put together an amazing show, built lifelong relationships, and stayed committed to our program through hard work. This championship only assures that,” said senior drum major Josh Waller.

Junior woodwind captain Danielle Goater added, “This championship is not all about the title, or the win. It means work and improvement. Over the season we never thought we would get this far or win. This championship shows what we can accomplish whatever we put our minds to.”

Irmo High’s director of bands Roger Simpson was thrilled for the way his students performed at the end of the season, capturing a lower state title and finishing with a strong performance at state.

“I am so proud of these Irmo Band students, and I am so glad that their hard work and dedication paid off in such a positive way,” Simpson said. “All three band programs represented District Five very well!”

Paul Clayton, Dutch Fork’s director of bands, was at a loss for words for his students making it into the AAAA finals and finishing in the top five.

“Proud is an understatement about how I feel for these students and their success,” Clayton said. “I never go into a competition looking to win. We are only in competition with ourselves. Seeing my students excel at something that I helped teach them means so much to me.”


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