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Mighty Marching Cavaliers Finish Strongest Competitive Season in its History

Mighty Marching Cavs seniors celebrate at BandBEAT 2013. Front row: Alex Abuaita and Jennifer Barber. Top row L-R: Sam Strader, Allie Smith, Kelsie Dwyer, Taylor Lee, Quinn Bannon, Tessa Lockhart, McKenzie Coe, Abby Tesar, Meghan Margies, and Hunter Duke. Seniors not pictured: Audrey von Amsberg and Lauren McKenzie.

The Mighty Marching Cavalier Band finished the 2013 competitive marching season - its strongest to date - with a record-setting two grand championships, a first-place-in-class award, and a second-place finish that fell less than one point short of overall victory. The competitive marching season, which operates concurrently with the traditional high school football season, includes performances at all Cuthbertson home football games, Union County away games and weekend competitions throughout the Carolinas and beyond. 

This season’s championship performances took place at Butler High School’s Festival of Bands and Sandhills Classic in McBee, S.C. The band also participated in the Bands of America regional competition in Powder Springs, Ga., facing bands from South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida. Earlier in the season, the Cavs brought home a first-place in class trophy from the Providence Cup, where they earned the highest scores of all participating North Carolina bands.

“This year, the students couldn’t have performed any better in my eyes,” said Todd Ebert, director of bands. “Starting the season with strong practices and an outstanding work ethic was key to being able to finish without compromising our goal of improving with every performance.”

On November 2 at Carolina Crown’s BandBEAT in Rock Hill, S.C., the Marching Cavs demonstrated their belief that they are top contenders. After finishing third of 15 bands in the preliminary round and earning a spot in the finals with nine other bands, the Cavs finished second overall - missing the top spot by .15 points. Entrants included bands from South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia as well as several from Union and Mecklenburg counties.

“Participating in preliminary-finals events provides tremendous opportunity to gather comments about our strengths and weaknesses from judges who are actually on the field while the students perform,” said Katie Ebert, assistant director of bands. “Our band proves time after time that they have the ability to absorb comments about a performance and quickly apply them to their second performance of the day for consistently positive outcomes.”

Since its inaugural season in 2009, the Mighty Marching Cavaliers have grown in number from 29 to 120. This year’s marching show, Fire and Ice, was based loosely on the Robert Frost poem of the same title.

Written by: CHS Band parent Susan Messina
Posted: Nov 12, 2013 by Paula White

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