By Ashley Rader
Hampton High School’s marching band brought home its best award showing in 10 years this past weekend from the John Battle Invitational band competition.
The band won first place overall, best general effect, best musical performance, second-place drum major, second-place percussion and second-place visual ensemble in the AA class.
“This is the best showing the Hampton band has had in 10 years,” said band director Onsby Rose.
“They had a couple of good performances last year but they have never won this many awards or brought home best in show.”
Rose said the 27-member high school band has worked hard and shown tremendous growth while practicing the show he wrote and designed specifically for them.
The show, “Freedom’s Defense: America from War to Peace,” details the country’s progress into war and back into peacetime.
The first portion of the show is called “Defense of Freedom,” and covers the steps leading up to a war; The second part is “Behind Enemy Lines,” and is about battle; the third section is “Honors and Arrivals” – this part is a blend of “Taps” and “Amazing Grace” and is about bringing the troops home and honoring the fallen soldiers; and the final segment features excerpts of “Stars and Stripes Forever” and is about winning the war.