Keanu Barnhill, Chloe Bloomfield, Niyah Mcleod, and Erin Holmes, CFNN Reporters
Members of the Color Guard pose with their trophy

On Saturday, October 19th, Cape Fear’s Marching Colts competed at the Grays Creek Battle in the Bears Den. This competition was the second of two local ones, partnered with last week’s competition at South View High School. 

With the presence of Tropical Storm Nestor, the original schedule was pushed forward two hours to avoid the rain. The Colts got to Cape Fear earlier than originally planned and practiced while it was still sunny and warm. 

When the Colts arrived at Grays Creek, Nestor had just begun to pour the rain down on the field; however, the Marching Colts refused to let the cold temperature and wet conditions stop them from giving the show their all.

Warming up in the rain made it difficult for the guard to grip their equipment. Without squeezing, their equipment slipped right out of their hands. Feelings of anxiety rose as competition time neared, considering most of the Colts had no experience spinning in the rain. 

Some of the guard had to roll on the ground, leaving them and their costumes soaked and cold. The rain left spots all over the band’s uniforms and their instruments, leaving potential for later damages. 

Because of the rain, the schedule was all but abandoned and events ran behind. When the Colts finally took their spot on the field to perform, the rain picked up again, making things even more difficult. 

Despite the conditions, the Colts persevered and had an amazing run. The band stayed strong and sounded better than ever. The guard had very few drops, and everyone looked like they were really enjoying themselves on the field. This was the fifth time the band had performed publicly, and the experience was evident in the show. Nerves of steel seemed to be evident in every movement the Colts made in the show.

Despite the unsatisfactory conditions, this may have been their best show to date.

The Colts earned a first place finish for Color guard, Drum major, Music, Marching, General Effect, and second place in Percussion. Once again, the Colts emerged victorious as Grand Champions in class 4A and 5A. The guard chipped in by winning Color Guard of the Day and earning a tribute trophy.

After winning Grand Champion two weekends in a row, the Colts have great confidence in themselves that will help succeed in their upcoming competitions. The Colts compete again this Saturday, October 26th in Sanford. Great job, Marching Colts! Keep it up!