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“Juliet” is Superior Performance

Pictured are color guard members Bradley Lucore and Katherine Tallent.

The Piedmont Marching Band is undefeated thus far in the 2011 competition season. On October 1, they were the Class 3A Champions of the Providence Cup in Charlotte. This year’s show is entitled “Juliet” and is an adaption of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, with different twists and turns in the performance that make it coincide with Leonard Bernstein’s “Westside Story.”

In addition to the Providence Cup competition, the band also traveled to Catawba College on October 8 and received the Class 4A Champion Award, six first place trophies, as well as being named Grand Champion with a rating of Superior and the highest score of the day with a 92.5%. The performance of “Juliet” is the result of almost a year of planning as band directors Jody Lukac and Amy Vitulli began its design, compilation, and choreography back in October 2010. According to Lukac, “It takes a long time to develop the concept, the musical score, and visual construction.”
The Piedmont Marching Band’s performance at the Catawba Pride Band Competition earned a letter of commendation from the President of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association. In the letter, President James Daugherty praised this year’s performance as “exceptional” and noted that “The musical and visual design of the presentation was thoughtful and the execution of those elements by the winds, percussion, and color guard were outstanding. Your drum major is an outstanding leader and conductor portraying the music with great poise and command.” To view the letter in its entirety, click here.
The band has their final local competition on Saturday, October 22 at Union Pines High School in Cameron, North Carolina. They will then be traveling to the pinnacle performance of their season at the Bands of America competition in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on October 28-29. Congratulations on a great competition season!

Written by: Donna Helms, Web Editor
Posted: Oct 17, 2011 by Donna Helms

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