Marching band finishes their season with straight superiors

November 23, 2016

On Saturday, November 5, the Decatur Marching Band attended the Old South Marching Festival & Competition in Newnan, Ga.

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A group of band members stand at the awards ceremony. In black are drum majors Sidney Marie Jones (left) and Eleanor Ritter (right). Photo courtesy of Emily Peters.

The band received Superiors in every category, according to their Facebook page. The categories were band, drum major, color guard and percussion.

Participating in the Class AAA division, the band won second place overall. They received third place in band, drum major and percussion. The color guard placed second.

Four marching bands competed in the Class AAA category including Decatur.

The performance was entitled “Rain” and included songs such as “Purple Rain” by Prince, “Singing in the Rain” and “Rain, Rain Go Away”.

Going into the competition the band was feeling “super confident”, stated Jenny Capriola. She is a sophomore who played in the band’s percussion section. The reason for this confidence, according to Capriola, was because they had done well at their competition the previous weekend.

One of her favorite moments from the show was seeing Robert Truan, the band’s director, in the stands during the show. “He looked super happy so that made me feel great about our show,” stated Capriola.

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The marching band performs their show entitled “Rain” at the competition. Photo courtesy of Emily Peters.

At this competition, more Atlanta bands than South Georgia bands were in attendance. This made the competition harder than usual, according to Katie Adams.

Adams is a senior and the co-captain of Colorguard.

Adams’ last time performing with the band was “bittersweet” and filled with with “so much support from
[her] band family.”

“I love them all so much, and there’s no need for tears when we did so well in the end,” stated Adams.

You can view a video of “Rain”, shot by Vicki Case-Holden, here.

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