Congratulations to the Mighty Viking Band for an outstanding competitive marching season! They competed at three band competitions and hosted “Music in the Castle.” Here is a breakdown of their results.
On September 24, the Mighty Viking Band competed at the Enka “Land of the Sky Marching Band Festival” in Candler, North Carolina. They placed 3rd in their class in the captions of band, music, and color guard; they placed 2nd in their class in percussion and drum major. The band received the 9th highest score of the day out of 28 bands. Drum major, Malissia Perkins, received 2nd place overall. The band received a top-10 finish earning 9th place of the day.
“Music in the Castle” was hosted on October 1. This event brought over 7,000 people to the historic Stone Castle and was one of the largest festivals our region has seen in many years! Bands from four states - North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee – gave performances at this spectacular event.
The band traveled to the 38th Annual George Wythe Band Festival in Wytheville, VA, on October 15. Here, the band competed in the second largest class and placed 1st in every caption, including drum major, color guard, percussion, music, marching, and general effect. Out of 24 competing groups, the Mighty Viking Band had the 2nd highest score of the entire day. The percussion section received the 3rd highest score while the color guard and drum major had the highest score of the entire day. The band earned a Superior Rating.
Finally, on Saturday, October 22, the band competed at the Heritage High School “Volunteer Classic” in Maryville, TN. Here, the band competed in the largest class with bands double and triple their size. In their class, they placed 3rd in band, 2nd in percussion and 1st in drum major. Out of 11 total bands, the Mighty Viking Band placed 3rd overall and earned all Superior Ratings. Since this was a state-sponsored event, earning a superior rating puts the band in the running for the prestigious Tennessee Bandmasters Sweepstakes Award!
Once everything was said and done, the band marched away with an impressive 69-17 record, earning all Superior Ratings along the way. The band staff and students would like to thank the band boosters and parents for their continued support of the band program. Additionally, they would like to thank Dr. Gary Lilly, Dr. Mary Rouse, the Bristol TN School Board, and the THS Faculty, Staff, and Administration for their ongoing support. The band is under the direction of David Semones, with assistants Laura Richmond and Stephanie Lawrence. Congratulations once again to the Mighty Viking Band on these awesome accomplishments!