WHS Band of Spirit wins Grand Champion Cup

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By The Staff

Willliamstown Band of Spirit returned home from Tennessee on Sunday with the Chancellor’s Grand Champion Cup from Vanderbilt Marching Invitational.

The band won the championship trophy as the overall highest scoring small division band.

Thirty high school bands representing seven states made the trip to Nashville to compete for top honors in their respective classes, as well as the large division and small division championship title. Williamstown competed in Class C, where they received first place. They were also awarded first place in color guard and second place honors for percussion in small division competition. Siegel High School from Murphreesboro, TN won the Chancellor’s Cup in large division.

Williamstown also received the honor of “Most Overall Entertaining Band” from the panel of judges.

“I really love these kids, and I’m just so proud of the way they performed,” Bob Gregg, Williamstown’s band director said.

The event is run by the Spirit of Gold Marching Band and the Eta Phi Chapter of Vanderbilt’s Tau Beta Sigma co-ed band service sorority, and  is one of the southeast’s most prestigious marching band competitions.  All proceeds from the competition go to fund scholarships for Vanderbilt University’s Spirit of Gold members.

The band celebrated their success on Sunday morning with a church service at The Parthenon in Nashville before returning home.

The Band of Spirit will compete at Dixie Heights High School Festival at the Heights on Saturday, Oct. 9.

(Submitted by Kathy Shoemaker)