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Band earns superior for 25th year

The Bainbridge High School Marching Band earned superior ratings in all categories for the 25th consecutive year on Saturday during the Southern States Marching Band Festival at Troy University, Director of Band Paschal Ward said.

The Marching Bearcat Band was one of 27 bands participating in this 40-year-old festival.

“This accomplishment places them among the very elite band programs in our state as only four other programs can boast this record in both marching and concert band disciplines,” Ward said.

Over the years, the Bainbridge High School Band has taken great pride in representing Decatur County and all of its communities. They are recognized all over the southeast as being a leader in standards for music education in our schools today, Ward said.

“I am very proud of the accomplishments of our outstanding students. Their hard work and dedication while working toward achieving success has earned them a place among the very best bands in our country. It is truly an honor to work with such an incredible group of young people,” Ward said.

This year’s panel of band judges included John M. Long of Troy, Ala., Richard McLendon of Valdosta, Ga., Hal Murphey of Gadsden, Ala., Michael Thomas of Cairo, Ga., Danceline Judge Lisa Nonnenmann of Troy, Ala., Drum Major Judge Kerry Palmer of Montgomery, Ala., Colorguard Judge J.C. Conner of Crestview, Fla., and Percussion Judge Mike Thomas of Valdosta, Ga.

“Our parents, community, administration, teachers and staff are to be commended for the outstanding support and sacrifices made in order to afford out students such rewarding and worthwhile learning experiences and opportunities that promote the building of self-esteem and character,” Ward said.