By REGGIE ROSS
The Grenada High School Marching Band added another trophy to its overflowing case during the weekend at one of the biggest competitions in the country.
Saturday, the GHS b won the 2018 Overall Grand Award at the Gulf Coach Marching Band Championship on the McNeese State University campus in Lake Charles, La.
The band made the 400-mile trek, and as they returned, band followers consisting of family members, former band members, teachers and coaches, lined Sunset Drive to await their return to the high school.
“It’s cold out here, but we’re so proud of these guys,” said Marlena Ewing, who’s daughter Shamirah is a member of the band. “I’ll wait in the cold for them to see me cheer them on.”
The Gulf Coast Marching Band Championship (formerly the “Showdown at Sundown”) is hosted each year in late October by the McNeese State University Cowboy Marching Band.
This is a festival/competitive format, with bands receiving both ratings (music, visual, color guard, percussion, and overall band) and competitive scoring within captions and classes.
The Grenada High School Band has a consistent record of accomplishments over the past 30 years. The win was the 70th grand championship, or best in class award, from eight different states.
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