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Lee County High band earns superior ratings

Band members celebrate their trophies from the Georgia Invitational Band Championships in Hiram recently. The band earned Superior ratings and First Place in class.

Band members celebrate their trophies from the Georgia Invitational Band Championships in Hiram recently. The band earned Superior ratings and First Place in class.

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Band Directors Hank Carter and Hannah Rudy lead the band into the stadium to perform at the Georgia Invitational Band Championship in Hiram.

LEESBURG, Ga. -- The Lee County Marchin' Trojan Band recently earned superior ratings and won first place in Class AA at the Georgia Invitational Band Championships in Hiram.

The event, hosted by the Hiram High School Band of Gold, showcased 16 bands from across Georgia, plus two from North Carolina. Lee County earned top honors out of four bands in Class AA, and was ranked 8th overall.

In addition, the band earned superior ratings for Drum Majors, Color Guard, and Danceline. The overall band rating was also a Superior.

"Superior" is the highest rating possible. It means that the panel of judges felt that Lee County met the standard for musical performance, visual performance, and overall effect, as determined by the Georgia Music Educators Association.

The band's performance at Hiram was an improvement over another superior performance a week earlier at the Heart of Georgia Invitational in Warner Robins. At the Heart of Georgia, Lee County earned Superior ratings in every caption and from every band judge.

The band was 2nd place in Class AA and earned Best In Class trophies for Drum Majors, Percussion, and Danceline. The danceline also earned Best Overall for the day.

Band Director Hank Carter praised the band members for their dedication throughout the season. "Superior ratings at two different competitions show that the band members and staff are doing quality work," he said "Our band has learned to accept instruction and to work hard, and now we are celebrating the results. I am thrilled."

Although the competitive portion of their season is over, the band will still be featured at Lee County football games, and the Wind Ensemble will perform at the Hometown Harvest on Nov.10 beginning at noon.

PHOTOS (attached) - (GIBC trophies.jpg) Band members celebrate their trophies from the Georgia Invitational Band Championships in Hiram, Georgia, on October 27. The band earned Superior ratings and First Place in class.

(GIBC 1 entering the stadium.jpg) Band Directors Hank Carter and Hannah Rudy lead the band into the stadium to perform at the Georgia Invitational Band Championship in Hiram, Georgia, on October 27.