When it appeared that the other teams were winning, the Thomson Bulldog Brigade gave it all they had. The Bulldog Brigade placed third overall and were awarded a Superior Rating in the Georgia High School Marching Band Series. In the final competition at Grovetown High School last weekend, the band bettered their preliminary score by nine points, which enabled them to place higher than two other bands that had beat them in the preliminaries.
"Everybody dug down deep and really went after it," Band Director Jesse Morlan said. "They expressed themselves musically by becoming the characters. They sold the show is what they did. They were on fire emotionally and musically, and they really turned up the heat."
The preliminary competition was held Oct. 16 in Burke County, where the Thomson High School Brigade competed in Class AAA, according to Georgia High School Association classification.
There, they placed fourth overall, with the percussion making first runner up, the auxiliary placing first and the majorettes making "Best in Series."
"The majorettes received the highest score of the entire GMBS competition in Burke County," Mr. Morlan said in an email.
At the finals in Grovetown, Thomson Bulldog Brigade competed against seven other bands in open classification.
"So, you've got an A competing against AAAA," Mr. Morlan said. "So when we got there, we got third overall, which says a lot about them. And they jumped up two positions from the preliminary. It was really a big boost for them."
The band performed to music from the movie, Avatar. They had a professionally choreographed fight scene for the dancers to perform with the band members. Costumes, makeup and props all were blue and themed according to the movie's setting.