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White Knoll, Gilbert, Batesburg-Leesville win Lower State Marching band titles

The White Knoll Marching Timberwolves and Gilbert High School came away with a first-place finish in the 4A and 2A, respectively, divisions of the Lower State Marching Band Championships this past Saturday. 

The Batesburg-Leesville Marching Band also came away with the Class A championship, making it a near-sweep for Lexington County Schools. 

Just hosting the event for the second year was an honor, White Knoll High School Band Director Tom Padgett said.

Their program used the building of the transcontinental railroad as a framework. 

“It is a great opportunity to build community pride here at White Knoll," Padgett said. "We utilize other school clubs and organizations to ensure it runs smoothly, Our goal is to provide a world class experience for all of the schools competing at the 2A and 4A level.”

The Lexington High School Wildcat Band competed, continuing an award-winning season at the Gus Moody Tournament of Bands in Summerville.  They were 1st in their class and won Best Percussion, Best Music and Overall 4A Champions at the Blythewood Tournament of Bands earlier in October.

Assistant Wildcat Band Director Amanda Pike says the students learn from both wins and losses.

“We as a band staff feel like what makes the LHS band stand out is the students’ ability to adapt to changes,” She says. “The most important thing we can teach them is that they’ll lose more times than they win but it is just as important to get up and try again.”

Pike and Padgett are quick to credit their respective booster clubs with critical support throughout the school year.

“We cannot do what we do without them and their willingness to help,” Padgett says. “A great community and booster club are the stakeholders in our program that keep it going.”

Full Results from Lower State: are available at South Carolina Band Directors Association

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