MHS wins at band competition
special to The Star
April 25, 2004
The Meridian High School Marching Band scored all Superior ratings, from all the judges in all categories, during the Smoky Mountain Music Festival on April 17 in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
In addition to the Superior ratings, the band won second place in the large class division just two points behind the Galesburg High School Band from Galesburg, Ill. Drum majors Casey Garrett and Eric Osby accepted the trophy on behalf of the MHS Band.
Under the direction of Terry Ivy, assisted by Sabina Ivy, Scott Kratzer and William Bames, "The Greatest Band in all the Land" competed in the large band class against more than 20 high school bands and choruses from Florida, Illinois and Minnesota.
The marching competition began at the Gatlinburg Convention Center and turned onto Main Street to pass the judges' station at the Clarion Hotel.
The crowd along the parade route applauded their approval as the MHS Band played "Rhythm Madness" and performed its unique marching routine. It was evident that the MHS Band's performance style and musical talent was a crowd favorite.
Judges for the competition were: Ray Cramer from the University of Illinois; Richard Floyd from the University of Texas Interscholastic League; Dr. Thomas Fraschillo from the University of Southern Mississippi; Col. Arnold Gabriel from the United States Air Force Band (Emeritus); Tom Leslie from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas; Col. Bryan Shelburne from the United States Army Band (Emeritus); and Dr. Myron Welch from the University of Iowa.
Members of the MHS Band represented the city of Meridian, Lauderdale County and the state of Mississippi in a positive and exemplary manner.
The MHS Band directors, students and parents appreciate the financial support they received from the Meridian City Council, the Lauderdale Board of Supervisors, area businesses and local individuals. It was this financial support that allowed the MHS Band to compete on a national level.
School officials say the first-year success of Terry Ivy as the director of the MHS Band in the MHSAA Region 3 Marching Festival, the MHSAA Concert Competition and the Smoky Mountain Music Festival has restored the reputation of the MHS Band as "The Greatest Band In All The Land."
The MHS Band Boosters Association honor band Members at its annual Awards Banquet on May 15 in the Kahlmus Auditorium of Mississippi State University-Meridian Campus. The special guests will be MHS Principal R.D. Harris and his wife, as well as the MHS band staff and their spouses.