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CCHS Marching Band Made School History
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Friday, January 12, 2018
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The Calhoun County Marching Saints Band made school history on October 28, 2017 at the SC State Marching Band Championship, hosted at Batesburg-Leesville High School. This was the  first time the band advanced to the SC State Championship since the 1970’s. The band placed 16th overall in Class 1A, the highest ranking the school has ever received.

The band advanced through the Lower State Finals on October 21, 2017 to earn an invitation to the State Finals. The top 16  bands from across the State  were selected from the the preliminary rounds at SC Lower-State and Upper-State. Eight bands from each division were selected to complete.  Calhoun County’s eighth place finish qualified them for State finals (SC State Marching Band Championship).

In addition, the band placed 2nd at the Edisto “Blue Machine” on September 16th and 1st at Dillon’s “Battle of the Bands” best horn line on October 7th. On October 14th, the band placed 3rd at Orangeburg Wilkinson’s “Garden City Classic.”

The State Finals show featured the following music:  “Viva La Vivid” by Cold Play, “I Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake and “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars.  Kennedy Pondexter, a freshman at CCHS, masterfully played the trombone solo in “Can’t Stop the Feeling”. The band’s drum major is Simien Chestnut, a Senior at CCHS.

Calhoun County High School is a traditional style marching band with 38 members in 7th-12th grades. The band is under the direction of Curtis M. Bates, Victor Wesley, and Kenneth Nearing-Bowen.

Director Bates said, “This was the most enjoyable show to work on thus far in his career. The show gave the students a wonderful opportunity to be successful, and they took advantage of it.”


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