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School District Five marching bands place in State Championship competitions

  For Immediate Release – Nov. 2, 2018



School District Five marching bands place in State Championship competitions


IRMO – Lexington-Richland School District Five marching bands earned high marks in the 3A and 4A state marching band championship held October 27, 2018.


Irmo High School’s marching band placed third in the 3A division.  The Bands of Irmo scored an overall 90.950 in their performance titled “We are all Mad Here.”  Irmo Band Director Roger Simpson said the weather this year created an interesting situation for them because their first two competitions of the year were cancelled due to rain from the hurricanes. 


"The students' first competition was Lower State, and that performance earned the band the opportunity to perform in the State Championships.  Then, in what was the groups second competition, they were awarded as the South Carolina 3A Bronze Medalists.  The students were disappointed that they did not have more of a season, but they were proud of their achievement," Simpson said.


Chapin High School came in fourth place in the 3A division.  The Pride of the Midlands scored an overall 90.050 in their performance titled “Bright Ideas.”  There were 16 bands competing in the 3A division finals.


“This year’s season was a tough one due to the weather.  However, the students were very persistent and motivated to put on a great show,” said Chapin High Band Director Kevin Herbert.  “We are very fortunate to have a great group of students, staff, and volunteers each year to consistently place in the top 4 bands in the state.”


In the 4A division, Dutch Fork High School’s marching band came in fifth place under the leadership of their new band director Jeremy Ley.  The Silver Spirit Band scored an overall 86.800 in their performance titled “When Worlds Collide.”  There were 16 bands competing in their division.


“I am very proud of the student's accomplishments this season and at our state competition. There was some uncertainty going to this year with a new director in charge, but they worked hard all season long and had a really great performance at state to end a wonderful marching season.” Ley said. 


“What a tremendous accomplishment by our talented and hardworking School District Five marching bands,” said School District Five Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton.  “Our district is proud to celebrate the arts in the classroom, on the field and beyond.  It was amazing to see our community come together and support our students this competition season.  It gives me #Pridein5 to say all three School District five marching bands rank among the top 10 in the state!”