CFNN Reporter Savannah Browne

Another weekend, another successful competition for the Cape Fear Marching Colts!

Your Cape Fear Colts took the field by storm at The Battle In The Bear’s Den last Saturday, sweeping the 3A class. While they didn’t achieve Grand Champion as in previous seasons, winning your class is a huge accomplishment in the marching band world! 

Bands are critiqued and scored on 5 sections: Visual Performance (Color Guard), Percussion, Visual Effect (Marching), Musical Effect, and General Effect. Cape Fear took home first place for class 3A in all 5 categories and, same as the first competition, the Cape Fear Color Guard took home the title and bragging rights of the first place color guard of the day.

Color Guard Captain, Alexis Fowler, accepts the award

After winning this coveted award alongside her fellow guard girls 2 weeks in a row, color guard captain Alexis Fowler felt like her original worry for the outcome of the season was now squashed. 

“Mr. Hartman is doing really well, and so are Brad and Mike, our new instructors,” an excited Fowler said after the band’s performance. 

While a first place trophy is impressive, this doesn’t mean that a show is perfect. Hannah Chavis, a sophomore marcher, thought that the performance was great, but there is always room to improve.

Drum majors and captains pose after the awards ceremony

“We did well at Gray’s Creek, but could always improve on our technique,” said Chavis.

This point was echoed by the judges when they acknowledged sections being out of step and people getting to their places late in certain parts of the show. Even though there were a cluster of negatives, the tapes were filled with compliments and exclamations from these judges that really showed how thrilled they were by the marching show.

It’s been almost two years since the last marching band season. Saturday was a welcome relief for the Marching Colts who have proven yet again that they still have what it takes and deserve their spot in the Class 3A lineup at Gray’s Creek marching band competition.