The bands march on: 26th Annual Mud Creek Marching Festival

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Central High School band members react after receiving the Silver Division Award from Hanceville Band Director Steven Porter. / Heather Mann

HANCEVILLE – Saturday saw the 26th Annual Mud Creek Marching Festival at Hanceville High School, kicked off by a performance of the National Anthem by members of the Rocketeers Drum & Bugle Corps from Huntsville. The festival hosted a total of 19 bands from around the state, with a special exhibition performance by the Hanceville Bulldog Band at the end of the night.

Each band was judged on its drum major, majorettes, dance line, color guard, percussion section and overall band performance, with each section receiving a score from 0-100, being placed into five ranks: I – Superior (90-100), II – Excellent (80-89), III – Good (70-79), IV – Fair (60-69), and V – Poor (below 60). The numerical scores are then used to determine Best in Class and Best in Division awards.

The following is a list of scores and special awards for each band, divided into classes with bands increasing in size:

Silver Division Class A*

Curry High School

Dance Line: Superior

Color Guard: Superior

Percussion: Superior

Overall Band: Excellent

 

Silver Division Class AA

East Lawrence High School

Drum Major: Superior

Color Guard: Superior

Percussion: Superior

Overall Band: Superior

 

Deshler High School

Drum Major: Superior

Dance Line: Superior

Color Guard: Superior

Percussion: Superior

Overall Band: Superior

Special Awards: Best in Class Percussion

 

Central High School

Drum Major: Superior

Dance Line: Superior

Color Guard: Superior

Percussion: Superior

Overall Band: Superior

Special Awards: Best in Class Band; Best in Silver Division Band

 

Lawrence County High School

Drum Major: Superior

Dance Line: Superior

Color Guard: Superior

Percussion: Superior

Overall Band: Superior

 

Cold Springs High School

Drum Major: Superior

Color Guard: Superior

Percussion: Excellent

Overall Band: Superior

Special Awards: Best in Class Drum Major and Color Guard

 

Hayden High School

Drum Major: Superior

Majorettes: Superior

Dance Line: Superior

Color Guard: Superior

Percussion: Excellent

Overall Band: Superior

Special Awards: Best in Class Majorettes and Dance Line

 

Gold Division Class AAA

Cordova High School

Drum Major: Superior

Majorettes: Superior

Dance Line: Superior

Color Guard: Superior

Percussion: Superior

Overall Band: Superior

 

Good Hope High School

Drum Major: Superior

Majorettes: Superior

Dance Line: Superior

Color Guard: Superior

Percussion: Superior

Overall Band: Superior

Special Awards: Best in Class Dance Line

 

Dora High School

Drum Major: Superior

Majorettes: Superior

Dance Line: Superior

Color Guard: Superior

Percussion: Excellent

Overall Band: Excellent

 

West Morgan High School

Drum Major: Superior

Majorettes: Superior

Color Guard: Superior

Percussion: Superior

Overall Band: Superior

Special Awards: Best in Class Drum Major, Color Guard, Percussion and Band

 

Fairview High School

Drum Major: Superior

Majorettes: Superior

Color Guard: Superior

Percussion: Superior

Overall Band: Superior

Special Awards: Best in Class Majorettes

 

Lexington High School

Drum Major: Superior

Majorettes: Superior

Color Guard: Excellent

Percussion: Excellent

Overall Band: Excellent

 

Gold Division Class AAAA

Rogers High School

Drum Major: Superior

Majorettes: Superior

Dance Line: Superior

Color Guard: Superior

Percussion: Superior

Overall Band: Superior

 

Athens High School

Drum Major: Superior

Majorettes: Superior

Color Guard: Superior

Percussion: Superior

Overall Band: Superior

 

Scottsboro High School

Drum Major: Superior

Dance Line: Superior

Color Guard: Superior

Percussion: Superior

Overall Band: Superior

 

Jasper High School

Drum Major: Superior

Dance Line: Superior

Color Guard: Superior

Percussion: Superior

Overall Band: Superior

Special Awards: Best in Class Percussion

 

Calera High School

Drum Major: Superior

Majorettes: Superior

Dance Line: Superior

Color Guard: Superior

Percussion: Superior

Overall Band: Superior

 

Helena High School

Drum Major: Superior

Majorettes: Superior

Dance Line: Superior

Color Guard: Superior

Percussion: Superior

Overall Band: Superior

Special Awards: Best in Class Drum Major, Majorettes, Dance Line, Color Guard, and Band; Best in Gold Division Band; Vanessa Watts Memorial Award; Tam Easterwood Memorial Award

The Vanessa Watts Memorial Award is given to the band with the highest drum major score in the competition, and the Tam Easterwood Memorial Award is given to the band with the highest color guard score in the competition. Both awards are given without regard to band size or classification.

 

The night ended with a bang as Steven Porter, director of the Hanceville High School marching band, set off a firework display to celebrate the bands’ hard work and achievements.

*Curry High School did not qualify for any Best in Class awards as it was the only band in Class A.

See videos of all the bands' performances at www.facebook.com/mudcreekmarching.

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