The D-B band practices for the Rose Parade. Photo courtesy of Rhonda Grimes.
KINGSPORT — The Dobyns-Bennett High School Marching Band’s Rose Parade performance Jan. 1 tops off an active 2013-14 school year for the band department, including winning or placing in local, regional and national competitions.
The 215-member competition marching band has won awards in the following contests:
• At the Land of the Sky Competition at Enka High School in North Carolina Sept. 28, the band received first place in all caption awards and won the overall Sweepstakes award for band of the day.
• For the Tournament of Champions at Western Carolina University Oct. 12, the band took 1st place 3A band in prelims with 2nd place Percussion and Drum Major caption awards. In the finals, Dobyns-Bennett was awarded the Grand Champion trophy, along with first place Percussion.
• The band performed Oct. 19 at the inaugural Bands of America Super Regional Championships at Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, N.C. In finals competition that night, for the first time in program history, the band won the championship, sweeping all of the highest achievement awards with a score of 83.7.
• At the Science Hill Hilltopper Invitational Marching Band Competition Oct. 26, D-B competed in the 4A Division and received 1st Place in Percussion, 1st place color guard, 1st Place Musical Performance, 1st Place Visual Performance, 1st Place for AAAA and received the 2013 Grand Champion award in large division.
• And on Nov. 14, the band finished third in Class AAA in the semifinals at the prestigious Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It is considered to be the premier high school band competition in the United States, band publicity spokesman Mark Marcus said.
The top 12 scoring bands, regardless of class, advanced to the Saturday evening finals. Of 91 bands from 19 states, D-B finished 21st overall.