It could definitely be said that the Thomson High School Bulldog Brigade had a decent few days last week.
After cheering on the football team to a huge win, the band traveled to Statesboro on Saturday to compete against 21 bands from across Georgia in the East Georgia Marching Festival and Competition.The Bulldog Brigade finished third in the class 4AAAA section of the competition, receiving the third highest score of all the bands there, only two points away from first place.
"The band did an awesome job this year. I am so proud of them," said Bulldog Brigade Director Jesse Morlan. "We had a big challenge marching more students this year than the past. We marched 160 and have 180 in the band program. With the bigger band comes more challenges in cleaning up drill and music, but we overcame that challenge and experienced success."
After last weekend, the band can now add eight more awards to the already large trophy case.
Those awards include the band's Overall Superior Rating, Superior Rating Drum Line, Superior Rating Color Guard, Superior Rating Dance Line, Best in Class 4 AAAA Dance Line, Excellent Rating Majorette, Runner Up Best in Class 4 AAAA Majorette and Drum major Excellent Rating.
"This is the best band I have ever worked with, and I am extremely proud of them," said Drum Major Amy Weimar. "We have put in many, long, hot hours working for this one competition and we couldn't have done a better job."
This year's competition theme is one with which Thomson football fans will be familiar, The Phantom of The Opera.
"The judges really loved our musical selections. The Phantom show was a huge success and they raved about the way we performed it," Mr. Morlan said.
Soloists for the competition were Brian Crapps and Michelle Loper on the trumpet. The Honors Ensemble was Brian Crapps and Will Swan on the trumpet, Amanda Davis - mello phone, Heather Miller - baritone, Ronald Shipman - trombone and Vontegius Burnett - sousaphone.
This year's band officers are: Drum Majors - Amy Weimar and Jonny Weischedel, Band Captain - Harris Richards, Dance Line Captain - Clara McDaniel, Dance Line 1st Lieutenant - Elizabeth Watson, Flag Line Captain - Amber Johnson, Flag Line 1st Lieutenant - Kalyn Kitchings, Flute Section Leaders - Amber Sullivan and Lauren Jones, Clarinet Section Leader - Luke Kellogg, Clarinet Assistant Section Leaders - Orion Palmer and Hollie Crawley, Alto Sax Section Leader - Carly Ussery, Trumpet Section Leader - Brian Crapps, Mello phone Section Leader - Amanda Davis, Trombone Section Leader - Ronald Shipman, Baritone Section Leader - Heather Miller, Low Brass Leader - Chris McCorkle, Percussion Section Leader - Ajalia Brinson, Assistant Percussion Section leader - A.J. Greene and Percussion Pit Captain - Tiffany Fullwood.