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Chattooga Marching Indians Band: Striking the Right Chord

The Chattooga High School Marching Band is having a season for the record books, racking up 24 trophies in their first three competitions. The Band will perform at Jacksonville State University this Saturday in their final competition of the season.
The Chattooga Indian Marching Band opened the competition season in Phenix City, Alabama. The Red and Black Sound Attack showed up and showed out, earning top marks in every category, CHS scored perfect Superior ratings in Drum Major, Sideline Percussion, Drum Line and Color Guard, the Indians pulled off a clean sweep with Best Of: Band, Drum Major, Percussion Pit, Drum Line and Color Guard in the AA Division. Missing out on the Grand Champion title (top scoring team of any division) by a mere 1.6 points. Watch the video of the awards here.
“That Saturday was hot and painful. We arrived hungry and sleepy after a long trip. We unloaded the trailer, I know the reason we worked hard unlike any other band all summer and got our show on and decent in two weeks we cried, sweated, and bled together. Not knowing that we would do something that our marching band has not done in years sweeping away every trophy in our class,” said Zac Gilbreath about the first competition.
Although the Band earned perfect marks the students still had another goal, best in show, and at the Chief Ladiga Marching Festival in Piedmont, out of 14 bands, the Chattooga Marching Indians awed the crowd with their performance of Beatles music and an interactive show that captured the audience and left everyone cheering, and they were declared Blue Division Award winner. The epic blue division award is a compilation of a band’s total scores. Chattooga scored the highest and was the best of the best out of all A and AA bands at the competition. This was the first time in many years Chattooga has claimed that title. The band also scored superior in drum major, colorguard, percussion, and band.
The winning continued at Pierce county this past weekend at the Sound of Silver Invitational. The Chattooga County Marching Indian Band earned all superior ratings and the most determined to win award for traveling over eight hours to compete.  The Band did get a little treat after the competition and visited the Okefenokee Swamp.
Drum Major, Dana Chadwick had this to say about her band: “I love everyone in my band and I’m very proud of all the hard work they have done. I’ve been in the marching band since 7th grade and this the most successful we’ve ever  been and they will continue to do better as a group. At the end of the day my score doesn’t matter to me, I just want my band to know how amazing they are and for them to know they did a great job. I’m sad this is my last year in band but I do know we’ve had an amazing season and hope they know they their drum major is very proud of all the hard work that has been done.”
Band officers: 
Dana Chadwick: Drum Major
Wendy Worsham-Band Captain
Kara Beth Brewster-Colorguard Captain
Brittany Housch-Flag Lieutenant
Kalee Anna Brewster- Brass Lieutenant
Kaley wright-Woodwind Lieutenant
Garrison Dodson-Percussion Lieutenant
Countney Burgess-Librarian
Zac Gilbreath-Band Manager
Section leaders:
Clarinets-Jackson Woodfin
Flutes-Autumn Young
Saxophones-Kaley Wright
Trumpets-Kalee Anna Brewster
Trombones-Alex Jackson
Pit-Andrea Mason
Percussion-Chloe Bice
Here’s a recap of the awards so far:
Phenix City Invitational Superiors for band, color guard, percussion and drum major Best In Class – band, colorguard, percussion and drum major
Chief Ladiga Marching Festival – Piedmont Superiors for band, color guard, percussion and drum major Best in Class – Color guard Blue Division (class A, AA) champion – band
Sound of Silver Invitational – this past weekend Superiors for band, colorguard, percussion and drum major Best in class runner-up – band, colorguard, drum major

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