Raider Marching Band Dominates in First Competition of the Season


Band officers celebrate as they find out their percussion won first place overall. Photo by: Wolverine Classic photo staff.

The Raider Marching Band received all superior ratings after their performance at the 2019 Wolverine Classic, earning them first place in their class in every category, second place band overall, third place drum major overall, third place guard overall, and first place percussion overall. 

The band finished with a score 86.50 out of 100, only falling behind Sequoyah High School who earned the title of Grand Champion with a score of 92.75. 

The show theme this season is entitled “Volcano!” and revolves around the island life before and after a devastating volcano erupts, including songs such as “Volcano” by Jimmy Buffett and Haka music to highlight the cultural aspect of the islanders. They also have an impressive Volcano prop that steams and lights up when the eruption hits. 

Freshman Chassidy Culpepper was more than satisfied with the results of the competition. “It was really nerve-racking but it was fun in the end,” she stated. ‘I just told myself ‘I got it’ and like, I can do it.”  

The band will go on to compete again at South Forsyth High School on Oct. 26 against schools such as Lambert and Lumpkin.