FCHS band wins title


The Fayette County High School Marching Tiger Band was crowned “Grand Champions” of the Eagle’s Nest Invitational at Collins Hill High School Oct. 17.

In addition to this year’s Grand Championship, the band was named the Class 5A Champion and won the Best Music, Best General Effect, and Best Color Guard awards for the contest.  The band also received all Superior Ratings in the color guard, percussion, and general band captions. Drum Major awards were not given in this competition.

Entitled “The Gathering,” this year’s production includes music from Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s “The Conjurer’s Dance” and “African Suite: IV. Danse Négre.” Additional music includes “Shall We Gather at the River” (Robert Lowry) and “Jericho” (Morton Gould).

The FCHS Band will host its own competition, the 34th Annual Lafayette Marching Classic, Oct. 24 at the newly renovated FCHS Tiger Stadium. Bands from Florida, Alabama, and Georgia will come to Fayetteville to compete in this prelims/finals competition. All day admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children 4 years of age and under are free.  The Marching Tigers will perform in exhibition at the end of the day’s competition.  More information about the Lafayette Marching Classic may be found at lmc.fayettecountyband.org.

The Marching Tigers will perform at the Bands of America Super-Regional Championship Oct. 30-31 at the Georgia Dome and at the Florida Citrus Parade Dec. 30 in Orlando. The band is led by director Dr. Myra Rhoden and assistant director J. Andrew McMillen.