By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal
The Louisville High School Marching Wildcats earned a number of awards this season along with taking top spots in some major band competitions across the state.
“We challenged the students, and they responded with a lot of hard work,” said Tim Avant, Band Director.
The 94 member band of 9th through 12th grade competed in 5 separate band competitions this season earning a length resume of honors.
“The drive and dedication the students have shown is remarkable,” added Avant outlining that many of the students are also involved in other activities as well as for many of the competitions the band would perform Friday night games and head out early Saturday morning for a band competition.
In the 5 competitions, the performed length routine and were reviewed thoroughly by several judges.
In the first competition on Sept. 29 at West Lauderdale, the LHS band competed against 14 other bands earning All Superiors for the band, drum major, color guard and percussion. The band rated second overall at the competition.
At the Copiah Marching Festival on Oct. 6 LHS performed against 27 other bands and earned All Superiors for the band, drum major, color guard and percussion. The Band was rated Best in class and best overall band at the event. Senior Matthew Matzek earned the highest scoring drum major.
“He (Matzek) is a very good leader,” said Avant. “I was very happy toearn best overall out of 28 bands.”
At the state Marching Festival held by the Mississippi High School Athletics Association on Oct., the LHS band participated in Class 4A. The band earned All Superiors for the band, drum major, color guard and percussion and along with 7 other bands across all classifications earned a spot in the State Championships.
On Oct. 22, the LHS Band competed in the State Championships. At the competition, each judge examined different parts of the bands abilities and LHS was chosen to compete in the finals. LHS earned the No. 5 rank in the state at the competition.
The LHS Band also took a trip over to the West Alabama Marching Festival competition in Gordo, Alabama on Nov. 3 and earned All Superiors for the band, drum major, color guard and percussion. They also earned Best Color Guard in class, Best Band in Class, Best Overall Color Guard and earned the Mayor’s Trophy for highest scoring band.
“It is a lot of work but at the competitions all the work comes to fruition,” said Avant.
The band started working on July 16 developing 4 or five great pieces. The competition season for the marching band has ended yet the band keeps up its hard work with several events like the Louisville Christmas Parade. The band members also are in symphonic band along with working in several band clinics.
“We are thankful for the support from the school, the boosters, the families, and the community,” said Avant.
Avant aims to continue to build on the band’s success as he also works with the students at Eiland Middle School.