Band has a consistent record of accomplishments over the past thirty-three
years. The Band has accrued the benchmark of obtaining 67
Grand Championship or Best in Class awards in eight states. Joe Presley, Director of Bands, states, "We strive to maintain Grenada Band's tradition of setting high goals and standards."
Grenada High School Band is composed of approximately 270 students, one/fourth
of the enrollment of the high school. The students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th
grade bands number almost 500 individuals, with the total band program encompassing
also the featured NBC band at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in 1995, returned
to the Macy's Parade in 2001, marched in the Tournament
of Roses Parade in 1998, and received the Governor's Grand Marshall Best High
School Band Award for the 1995 Inaugural Parade. The Band has received widespread
media coverage for their accomplishments, including a front page spread in
the Memphis newspaper, The Commercial Appeal.
Grenada Band emphasizes all areas of musicianship earning over 300 superior
ratings in concert, marching, sight reading, and jazz.
The band has also earned 13th and 14 places nationally at Bands of America
competition in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Pontiac, Michigan.
2002, Kim Spaeth Presley,
guard instructor for the Grenada Band Program, was recognized at the WGI
World Championship. Her training of the Irondale High Winter Guard from New
Brighton, Minnesota, enabled them to be crowned 2002 WGI Scholastic Open
Class World Champions.
The Grenada High School Percussion Section has earned over fifty-one Superiors or Best in Class honors in the
southeastern United States. The Grenada High School
Percussion section was selected as the Grand Prize winners at the Drumline
Challenge 2005 and 2006 held at the Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson.The Grenada Band's "Percussion Train" was featured at the 1994 National
School Board Convention in San Francisco. The Band was again recognized by
the national convention in 1996 in Anaheim, California, in an exhibit demonstrating
community support entitled,"Community Collaboration-One Step at a Time."
In 1997 Grenada Band was designated as the National High School Band of the
Year. Former Director of Bands Dr. David Daigneault was designated as the National High School Band Director of the Year by the
National High School Band Directors Hall of Fame. In 1998, Dr. Daigneault
was also recognized with a Mississippi Governor's Award in Education in the
Arts. In 1996, Grenada Band received the Award of Excellence
by the ASBDA for the north half of Mississippi.