Niyah McLeod, Keanu Barnhill, Chloe Bloomfield, and Erin Holmes, CFNN Reporters
This past weekend the Cape Fear Marching Colts took the field once again at the 23th annual South View High School Marching Band Competition.
After placing second at Panther Creek, failing to reach the finals at Bands of America, and the pressure mounting from the previous week, the Marching Colts knew they had to push harder if they wanted to be named Grand Champion.
They arrived at South View promptly at 7 PM, motivated and excited to head into warm up. Warm up was dark and the practice area was sandy and limited, but the Colts didn’t let that phase their focus.
At 8:10 p.m. the Colts took the field to perform. The band and color guard had some pretty tense moments, but they pushed and worked hard to make the show look great. The band played strong and gave off a great sound. The synchronicity of the bands’ feet and their choreography added wonderfully to the visual effect of the show. Congratulations also to Samuel Hubbard for an amazing trumpet solo. His confidence was perfectly illustrated in the clear notes he played.
The Color Guard had some rough moments, but they recovered well and kept time with the show. The rifles had some stellar moments as well, while the Sabres caught a ripple of tosses strong and added a wonderful moment to the show. The flags spinning together resulted in rhythmic moments that added a beautiful backdrop across the field.
“It wasn’t the best run I’ve had, I know I can do better, but with all the things I messed up, I had some good things that will contribute well to the group,” said Color Guard member Chloe Bloomfield.
After the performance the Color Guard put their equipment away and the band packed up their instruments and they headed back into the stadium for awards.
The Colts’ band entered in class 5A, due to its size. 5A was the largest classification for Saturday’s competition. They won first place in class 5A for Color Guard, Percussion, Drum Major, Marching, General Effect, overall Class Champion, Champion between class 4A and 5A. Most importantly, though, the Cape Fear Marching Colts were named overall Grand Champion!
Each time the bands’ name was called for an award, the members unsuccessfully attempted to contain their joy. Winning category after category helped to build the excitement for the final award of the night: Grand Champion.
When the Cape Fear Band was announced as Grand Champion, the entire unit unleashed a well of emotion. The band ran to the field jumping, hugging and shouting with joy. They even had the opportunity to pose for a picture for our very own Fayetteville Observer.
This victory provides new motivation for the Colts to continue working hard through the rest of the season. Congratulations to our victorious Marching Colts!