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School bands rack up awards

Lincoln County’s four high school marching bands have all racked up awards during the competitive season.
· After performing at their homecoming game on Friday evening, the Lincolnton High School Marching Wolves got up Saturday morning and traveled to Waynesville to compete in their first competition of the season, the 20th Annual Pisgah High School Tournament of Bands. Competing in Class 2A, the band was awarded First Place Colorguard, Second Place Drum Majors (Jenny Lambirth and Fain King) and placed third for overall competition in their division. They finished the day with an overall performance rating of “excellent.”
This weekend the band will be on break, but will return to competitions on Saturday, Oct. 16. They will travel to Shelby High School to attend the Shelby Golden Classic.
· East Lincoln High School’s “Mustang Band” attended the 21st annual Ledford Festival of Bands in Thomasville this past Saturday and received first place in music, second place in percussion and marching, third place in drum major, visual ensemble and general effect and first place overall in class 2A with a superior rating.
The band was the 1A/2A grand champion of the day, and second out of 14 bands in classes A-AAAA. They missed first of all day by only two points.
The Mustang Band also received the Charles Simpson Panther Pride Award, which goes to the band that exemplifies the highest standards in professionalism, discipline, spirit and pride.
This coming weekend the band will compete at North Lincoln High School.
· West Lincoln High School’s Rebel Band traveled to Enka on Saturday, Sept. 25 and received second place in percussion, drum major and music. The band received second place overall for class 1A and achieved a rating of “excellent” for their performance.
On Saturday, Oct. 2, the band traveled to Albermarle and received first place in general effect and marching, second place in auxiliaries and received a second place trophy for Class 1A Marching Band. The Marching Rebel Band finished out the day with a rating of “superior performance.”
This coming weekend, the Marching Rebel Band will compete in class 1A division at North Lincoln High School’s “Roundtable Tournament of Bands.”
· On Saturday, Oct. 2 the North Lincoln High School Band of Knights traveled to Waynesville to attend the 20th annual Pisgah High School Tournament of Bands. Competing in Class 4A the Band of Knights achieved first place in drum major (Brittany Fainn), color guard, percussion, music performance and band.
The Band of Knights received the highest rating of the day and won the Grand Champion award for Class 3A/4A and achieved a rating of “superior.”
On Saturday, Oct. 9, the Band of Knights will be hosting their first band competition, the Roundtable Tournament of Bands. This all day even will host eight bands starting at 2 p.m. in a Festival of Bands.
This festival will allow the bands to compete just for ratings.
At 5 p.m. the competition portion of the day will commence with 16 bands performing. Local Lincoln County bands will be competing and are welcome to attend. The cost to attend both sessions fo the day is $10. Tournament only fee is $6, and children five and under will be admitted free of charge. by Special to the LTN

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