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CCHS Band of Blue

Submitted by Tom Finigan

Colleton County High School was the host for the 2019 Carolina Winter Ensemble Association’s Premier South Contest this past Saturday, January 26th. The Band of Blue Booster Club hosted this annual event for the 3rd time. Over 1500 spectators and parents came out to support the 41 different teams in the competition. Different types of indoor winter ensembles including drumlines, wind groups, winter color guards and dance teams competed to qualify for future CWEA Competitions.

Congratulations to our Band of Blue Winter Percussion for earning 1st place at the 2019 Carolina Winter Ensemble Association Premier South contest this past Saturday. Our CCHS Winter Guard placed 2nd and our Middle School Cadet Percussion earned 1st place and our Cadet Guard ranked 2nd.

The Band of Blue Winter Percussion show is entitled “Persephone” and the CCMS Cadet Percussion show is entitled “Haunted Mansion”. CCHS Winter Percussion is lead by assistant band director Gary Stroupe with assistance from Cassie Headden and Malik Ferguson. The CCMS Cadet Guard show is a ‘50’s them using the song MMMBop called “Big Blue Diner” and the CCHS Guard show uses the Daughtry song Tennessee Line is called “Finding my Way back Home” CCHS and CCMS Winter Guards are lead by guard instructor Tracy Smith.

This was the first contest of the season for our four Colleton County Winter Ensembles. All four groups will compete next month at Berkeley High School.

In other Band of Blue news, Congratulations to Band of Blue member William Finigan for receiving an All-State callback on Tuba. He will audition for the South Carolina Band Directors Association’s All-State Band next Saturday, February 2nd at Lexington High School. SCBDA will announce official results next weekend. There are a number of Band of Blue and Middle School Band members that will earn positions in the 2019 SCBDA Region Honor Bands. The Band of Blue is very proud of all of our Band members that auditioned for Region Band!

The Band of Blue has been very busy fundraising and preparing for their Television Performance in the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Parade in April. This will be the second time the Band of Blue has marched in this historic parade, marching in 2008 in our nation’s capital. If you would like to make a donation to help a student make this trip, please contact Band of Blue Booster Club President, Jamie Bunton at the Bank of Walterboro.

Band Directors for Colleton County are Tom Finigan, Nick Infinger, Gary Stroupe, Cathy Meshach.

The Principal of Colleton County High School is Maurice Cannon and the Principal of Colleton County Middle School is Lauren Behie.

Band Staff Members include Tracy Smith, Thomas Finigan, Allison Argentino, Cassie Headden, Justin Pinckney and Malik Ferguson.

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