Grenada Band Wins Three Grand Championship Awards
During 2005 Season Last Saturday the Grenada High School Band won their third Grand Championship this season with their selection as the 2005 Class 5A State Marching Band Champions of Mississippi. This benchmark affords Grenada Band the record of achieving 55 Grand Championship or Best in Class Awards. The band placed first in color guard, visuals, music, and general effect and second place in percussion. The event was held in Clinton, Mississippi, and was sanctioned by the Mississippi High School Activities Association. The state competition concluded the 2005 marching contest season and marked the third Grand Championship Award this fall. The Band was also designated the Grand Champion at the October 15 Diamond of the Delta Marching Invitational in Cleveland, Mississippi, and the October 22 Wolfe River Marching Classic in Cordova, Tennessee. At the Diamond of the Delta Marching Invitational Grenada Band also won Class 5A champion, Most Outstanding Overall Visual Performance, Most Outstanding Overall Effect, and First Place in Overall Percussion and Color Guard. At the Wolfe River Marching Classic they also received the Director's Cup, and First Place in Band, Color Guard, Percussion and Second Place Drum Field Commander. The band also attended the State Marching Festival in Grenada and received all superior ratings in the areas of band, colorguard, percussion, and drum majors. The theme of this year's show was, "Sounds of the City," a montage of music, images, and sounds from city streets including trains, alarm clocks, jazz, and street sweepers. The Grenada High School Percussion section was also selected as the Grand Prize winner at the first annual Drumline Challenge 2005 held at the Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson. The event showcased the styles and abilities of different drumlines, with a mixture of corps style and show style with a lot of flare and velocity. The contest focused on the technical aspects including form, techniques, difficulty, and creativity consisting of body movment, visual presentation, and the creative use of cymbals and mallets/sticks. The Drumline Challenge was a powerful percussive showcase of sound and motion and was open to all high schools regardless of size or classification. Grenada Band has a consistent record of accomplishments over the past twenty-eight years. In addition to the 55 Grand Championship or Best in Class awards, Grenada was also the featured NBC band at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in 1995 and marched again in the Macy's Parade in 2001. Grenada Band also traveled to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California in 1998, and received the Governor's Grand Marshall Best High School Band Award for the 1995 Inaugural Parade.