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A championship performance

The Band of Pirates performing at the Sandhills Classic Band Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 26th where they won Grand Champion.

It was an eventful weekend for Porter Ridge High School’s band program. The Band of Pirates was named Grand Champion at their first competition of the season on Saturday, Sept. 26th at the Sandhills Classic at McBee High School in McBee, South Carolina. A total of 15 bands performed at the event.

"We have worked hard since the beginning of August and it’s rewarding to see the students’ diligence and effort pay off so early in the season.  I am extremely honored and proud to be able to teach all of the band students," said Ian Faires, director of the High School Band, who also celebrated his birthday with the students Saturday night.

In addition to being Grand Champion, Porter Ridge withstood the rain and took first place among Class 5A bands and swept the awards for best music, marching, percussion, drum major, and color guard at McBee High School. In addition, the band had a cumulative overall score of 92.063.

The marching show this year is titled "Day of Infamy," covering the attack on Pearl Harbor. This performance is in honor of the band being invited by the Marine Corp to play in the Pearl Harbor Parade in Hawaii in December.

When asked about the band, Principal Bashawn Harris said, “The band has worked extremely hard since before school started. They mimic the same energy and dedication as their band directors, Mr. Faires and Mrs. Tomberlin. I am a very proud principal to have a world class band that echoes what is means to be classy, hardworking and full of character!”

The band has 172 members this year including 122 in the hornline and three drum majors.

Soloists include Cameron Samek on trumpet; Marguerite Ross, saxophone; Kayla Tomberlin, clarinet; Jenna Oldja, flute; Ryan Sanford, tuba; and Jonathan Hiley on trombone.

The band is under the direction of Ian Faires and Stephanie Tomberlin. Drum majors are Dylan Chavis, Grace Zelen, and Savannah Meier.


Written by: Dylan Chavis-Senior Drum Major
Posted: Sep 29, 2015 by Regina Snelson

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