The Starr’s Mill High School marching band won the grandchampionship in its first contest this year.
At the Oconee Classic Marching Contest Sept. 27, SMHS won multiple awards along with the top award.
Competing against 15 other marching bands, SMHS won superior ratings for Color Guard, Drum Major, Percussion, Overall Effect, Visual Performance, Visual Performance, Music, and Overall Performance, which earned them a “Sweeps” trophy.
In the Class Awards, they won third for Color Guard, second for Drum Major, second for Percussion, and first for Band.
In the Overall Awards, the took home third for Percussion, first for Overall Effect, first for Visual Performance (tied with Collins Hill) and first for Musical Performance.
The pinnacle of the night was the announcement that Grand Champions were SMHS Panther Pride.