The Raider Marching Band Wins First Place in Their Division at Their Oct. 18 Competition


The marching band officers received their ratings and awards during the Gold Division award ceremony. Photo by Shawn Howell.

On Oct. 18, North Forsyth High School’s marching band competed in the tenth annual “Wolverine Classic” competition at West Forsyth High School. The marching band received superior ratings in all four categories: drum major, percussion, color guard and band as well as receiving first place overall in their class division (4A). 

Performing at 7 p.m. that night, the marching band showcased the entirety of their show “The Music of Queen.” Their show included songs such as “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bicycle Race,” “A Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” In just two weeks, the band finished all three movements of their show. By the time the West Forsyth competition came around the corner, the band was ready to perform their whole show in front of an audience and judges. 

Marching band member Gianna Dhoman, senior, explains that “our competition day was amazing. We didn’t fall apart like we have done in the past, and it was really good.” 

By the time of the awards ceremony, the band was anticipating their results from their performance. Reaching their division (4A), North Forsyth received all superior ratings– the highest rating marching bands can receive– and received first place trophies in band, percussion, color guard, and drum majors.  

Drum major Gabriella Hoechst, senior, expresses that “the competition went really well! I can definitely tell that everyone performed their hearts out. I had a lot of fun that day.”

With one more competition left in the season, the marching band is working towards perfecting their show.