The Chipley High School “Spirit of the Tiger” Marching Band competed at the inaugural Blackwater Classic Marching Band Invitational in Milton, FL, on Saturday, October 1, and came away with the highest ratings possible. The 52-member Chipley band was one of 16 bands from Alabama and Florida that performed in front of a large crowd on a beautiful day in Panther Stadium at Milton High School. The bands were adjudicated by a panel of judges that rated each group’s music, marching, and general effect. The CHS Band received Superior ratings in each caption for their performance of their 2016 show, “The Gift of Freedom.” The CHS Percussion section also received a Superior from a separate percussion adjudicator.
According to CHS Band Director, Richard Davenport, “The students performed very well at this early-season evaluation. They have rehearsed well the last few weeks, getting ready for the competitive part of our season. They deserved the great results they earned today.” The 2016-17 “Spirit of the Tiger” Band is under the student leadership of Band Captain Sawyer Gage, Percussion Captain Colby James, and Drum Major Ashley Bunting. This year’s field show, “The Gift of Freedom,” is a musical homage to the freedoms we enjoy, and includes a tribute to those who defend those freedoms.
The band will travel to Troy University to perform at the Southeastern States Marching Band Festival on October 8. The goal of attending these marching band evaluations during the season is for the band to acquire valuable comments for improvement from adjudicators as the band prepares for the Florida Bandmasters Association District Marching Band Assessment in Panama City on October 22.