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Northwood Band ends competition season on high note

Posted Wednesday, November 1, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - The spectacular finale for the competition season of the Northwood Marching Chargers came on Saturday, October 27, at the Lee Senior High School Brick Capital Classic. The eighty-three member band from Northwood traveled to Sanford in high spirits for a last opportunity to perform Heartbeat, the 2006 show. Family, friends and alumni filled the stadium to see the award-winning group that included twenty-three seniors making their final appearance in competition.

The competition marked the eleventh appearance of Northwood at the annual Sanford competition, now in its twenty-seventh year. Last year, Northwood earned the 3rd place overall award in Class AAA. This year, the group was one of five in the AA Class. Other AA bands included Triton from Erwin, Eastern Alamance from Mebane, Southern Alamance from Graham, and North Moore from Robbins. Shows featured the music of Cirque de Soleil, selections from Dreamworks movies, and multiple performances of music from Phantom of the Opera.

As the Marching Chargers took the field, precision, electricity, and flair were hallmarks of the final performance. Sophomore Dylan Mathew's alto sax solo during the second movement, Passionate Heart, was clear and confident. Regardless of the wind, the colorguard's style and synchronicity was some of the best of the day. Drum major Kara Smith turned in the most sophisticated, polished performance her career, moving her forces across the field in intricate patterns, maintaining tempos and directing dynamic changes to individual sections. Her expert conducting provided the perfect focal point for the audience to interpret this original composition. The percussion section turned in perhaps their best performance of the entire season, scoring a record-breaking 96 out of 100 points.

Performing next to last, the band remained on the sidelines for the awards ceremony. With mounting excitement both on the field and in the stands, cheers broke out as Northwood received first place awards in percussion, music, and visual ensemble, and the second place drum major award. Northwood was named AA Champion with an overall score of 93. Northwood was one of only two bands in the A & AA divisions to earn a Superior rating. The Marching Chargers also walked away with top honors as the Grand Champions outscoring all of the AAA and AAAA bands that included Chapel Hill, Union Pines, Bluestone, Needham Broughton and five others.

The community will have one final opportunity to see the 2006 Marching Chargers' award-winning production. The band will be dressed in full regalia to celebrate Halloween performing at the final home football game on Friday, November 3, when Cardinal Gibbons travels to Pittsboro.

The band will hold its annual holiday concert on Thursday, December 7, at Northwood High School.

Cumulative 2006 Competition Results

1. Dixie Classic | Danville, VA
a. Class AAA 1st Place Band
b. Rating Superior
c. 1st Place Drum Major, 1st Place Colorguard, 1st Place Percussion, 1st Place Music, 1st Place General Effect, 1st Place Marching

2. West Stokes Wildcat Invitational | King, NC
a. Class AAAA 1st Place Band, Band of the day Grand Champions
b. Rating Superior
c. 1st Place Drum Major, 1st Place Colorguard, 1st Place Percussion, 1st Place Music, 1st Place General Effect, 1st Place Marching

3. Yamaha Cup Competition | Giant Stadium, the Meadowlands, New Jersey
a. Group 4A, 2nd Place band by .005 of a point
b. Best overall Effect Caption Award
c. 11th place out of all 50 bands from around the country regardless of band size.

4. Central NC Band Festival | Elon, NC
a. Class AAA 2nd Place Band
b. Rating Superior
c. 1st Place Drum Major, 2nd Place Percussion, 2nd Place General Effect

5. Brick Capital Classic | Sanford, NC
a. Class AA 1st Place Band Grand Champions--regardless of class or size
b. Rating Superior
c. 1st Place Percussion, 1st Place Colorguard, 1st Place Music, 1st Place General Effect, 1st Place Marching, 2nd Place Drum Major

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