Marching Band blows away the competition

The Hilliard Darby Marching Band had their first competition of the season on Saturday. The Band got first place for their class, AA, beating the second place band by almost 12 points, a huge, and incredibly rare margin! The band also got first overall for classes A and AA, overall best auxiliary (color guard), overall best percussion, overall best music, overall best visual, overall best general effect, best auxiliary class AA, best percussion class AA, and they qualified for state finals.

    The high on Saturday was 91 degrees, so high that over five members from other competing bands passed out before their performances. The opening class C band had backed out of performing because two of their members passed out. Despite the bad news, the Marching Panthers went on.

  Freshman clarinet player Christina Denison shared her thoughts on what the band overcame to succeed on Saturday.   

  “We were all too hot to perform at our best,” Denison said, “we all just wanted to take our uniforms off.”

  The band’s show was a huge success, winning over the crowd that applauded more than thrice during the show. The judges praised them for their musicality and excellent marching ability.

 The contest did not actually award a Grand Champion trophy, but Darby would have won if they did, Marching Band director Jeremy Kozman said in a blurb sent out to marching band students. He is very confident in his band’s ability, and that confidence is justified by how many trophies they have gotten over the years, and how many they won at this contest


  The band’s next competition will be here at Darby for the Hilliard Invitational, performing October 7th, at 7:45 P.M.

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