WAKE FOREST — Several high school bands have marched their way to win numerous awards in recent competitions taking place across the area.
The Franklinton High Red Rams marching band, led by Derek Southerland, took first place Oct. 25 in the AAA class competition at Greene Central High School in Snow Hill, with a performance based on the music of Romeo & Juliet.
The Red Rams will be on the march again Saturday at the Cary Band Competition at Cary High School, and are scheduled to perform at 4 p.m.
Clint McCaskill’s Heritage High School Marching Husky Band (above) continues to earn top marks for its tribute to bandmate Braden Rock, who was killed in a car accident last month.
Their show, To Die For, swept the AAAA class in competitions held Oct. 18 at the Central N.C. Band Festival at Western Alamance High in Elon, and swept the AAA class Oct. 25 at the Appalachian State Marching Band Festival. Their overall score put them ahead of one of the AAAA and AAAAA bands as well.
The 91-member Husky band will play in its final contest of the year Saturday at the Brick Capital Classic at Lee High School in Sanford. The competition begins at noon, and the Huskies take the field at 6:20 p.m.
The Wake Forest Marching Cougars, with 72 members, have placed second, first, second and third overall in their class at competitions the past four Saturdays at Wakefield High, Bunn High, Fuquay-Varina High and Greene Central.
Under the instruction of Joel Tucker, the band also garnered a number of individual awards, including all firsts for drum major, percussion, color guard, music, general effect and visual in class AAAA at the Bunn competition.
The Marching Cougars take the field again Saturday in a competition at Havelock High School.
— Kathi McCorkle