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Local bands advance to finals in Trojan Classic

Three local high school Marching Band made it into the finals at the 25 Annual Olympic Trojan Classic in Mecklenburg County this past weekend.
Out of 22 competitors, the Lincolnton High School, East Lincoln High School and North Lincoln High School Marching Bands (West Lincoln High School was on their scheduled break for this season) each competed and received high awards in their class divisions and continued on to the finals portion of the competition.
In Class A, the East Lincoln High School Mustang Band received the following accolades in the preliminary portion of the competition: 1st Place Music, 1st Place Visual Performance, 1st Place General Effect, 1st Place Percussion, 3rd Place Colorguard and was ranked 1st Place overall with a Superior Rating. The Mustang Band, directed by Dustin Stamey, continued to finals competition and placed fourth with a score of 84.3. During the Final Awards Ceremony, the “Showband of the Carolinas” was announced to be Class A/AA Grand Champion Band of the Day.
In Class AA preliminary competition, the Lincolnton High School Marching Band, under the direction of James Turner, received the awards for 1st place colorguard, 2nd place Visual Performance, 2nd Place Overall Effect, 3rd Place Music and 3rd Place Ranking of all their class competitors. With a rating of “Excellent,” the Marching Wolves Band, led by drum majors Jenny Lambirth and Fain King, continued to the finals portion of the competition and succeeded with a 10th place ranking with a score of 78.65.
Competing in Class AAA, the North Lincoln High School Band of Knights was awarded 1st Place Percussion, 1st Place Music, 2nd Place Visual Performance, 2nd Place Overall Effect, and 3rd Place Colorguard in the preliminary portion of the competition. The band was also awarded 1st place Pit Crew Award in their class. With an overall rating of “Superior,” the “Band of Knights” under the direction of Neil Underwood, achieved a 2nd place ranking in their division, and continued to the finals portion of the competition. Drum Major Brittany Fainn accepted the award for the “Band of Knights” performance, receiving a 3rd place trophy with an overall score of 86.35.
This weekend, the West Lincoln High School Marching Rebel Band will be traveling to East Burke High School in Morganton, to compete in the “Cavalier Classic, Showcase of Bands.” The following weekend, the band will be competing at East Lincoln High School in the “Carolina Classic, Showcase of Bands”.
The North Lincoln High School “Band of Knights” will be on their scheduled break for the competitive season this coming weekend. On Nov. 6, they will also be competing locally in the “Carolina Classic” at East Lincoln High School.
The Lincolnton High School Marching Band will be traveling to Yadkinville this weekend to compete in the Forbush Festival of Marching Bands. The Marching Wolves will be competing on Nov. 6 in the “Carolina Classic” at ELHS, as well.
This weekend, the East Lincoln High School Mustang Band will be traveling to Cary to perform in one of the most prestigious competitions in the state. This will be the band’s last weekend of their competitive season. On Nov.6, the Mustang Band will host the “Carolina Classic, Showcase of Bands” in the ELHS David Clark Stadium. by Special to the LTN

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