UPDATE (APRIL 11, 2018)

Bill S.302 must get through sub-committee before it gets to the main education committee chaired by our Representative Rita Allison.  Mrs. Raye Felder is the chair of that committee. Nation Ford and Fort Mill Bands are in charge of contacting her but it certainly won’t hurt for us to as well. Please let Rita Allison know you are in favor of this bill if you haven’t already. She is our state representative and was a graduate of James F. Byrnes HS.

Their contact information can be found here:

District Five Band Family,

If ever there was a time we need your help, THIS IS IT!  Bill S.302 that gives a unit of PE credit for marching band passed in the Senate with a unanimous vote!  Next Tuesday it will go to the House of Representatives Education K-12 Committee. Please let our state representative Rita Allison know that you favor this bill. She has served our district very well for many years!

Please call AND email her to share your support for bill S.302 (see the links at the bottom of this email for talking points and details)

Rita Allison 803-734-3053

We need EVERY band family to email and call- The more the better. PLEASE HELP!

Top 5 Talking Points

  1. S.302 passed the Senate on March 27, 2018 by a vote of 43 – 0.
  1. This legislation would not replace PE and simply incorporates the five standards of the South Carolina Standards for Physical Education curriculum into the marching band curriculum in order to qualify for the PE education credit in high school.
  1. Flexibility: Students earning PE credit from marching band would have additional flexibility with their academic schedule.
  1. VirtualSC: Many students currently take PE using VirtualSC and use the cardio regiment from marching band as their activity for this class. VirtualSC PE students are required to have a fitness sponsor monitor their physical activity for the duration of the course and in many cases band directors in SC are already serving in this capacity.
  1. FIFTEEN states that currently allow marching band to count as PE credit: Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Ohio, Michigan, Oklahoma, Illinois, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and California.

This is a link to more information and all the details about this bill:


Congratulations Byrnes Varsity and JV Winter Guards!

This past weekend, both the Byrnes Varsity and Byrnes JV Winter Guards traveled to Winthrop University to compete in the WGI Mid-Atlantic Power Regional. This regional was both guard’s final WGI Regional of the season, and the competitive results were incredibly successful. The JV Winter Guard placed 5th in the Scholastic A Class, the highest placement EVER for the JV Guard at any WGI Regional event. With their results, the JV Winter Guard is currently the #2 ranked winter guard in the state of South Carolina, right behind the Byrnes Varsity Winter guard – which finished in 3rd place in the Scholastic Open class, keeping them ranked #1 in South Carolina and #21 nationally. Congratulations to the performers of the Byrnes Guard Program on their stellar finishes to the WGI Regional season!
Photo Credits: Jim Dedmon – USA TODAY Sports, Heather Lister & Christina Carey Willis


3rd Block Band March 20 Field Trip Schedule

Greetings Everyone,

Here is the 3rd Block schedule for State Performance Assessment- The only thing that changed from the schedule they were given 3 weeks ago is that we start during 2nd block tomorrow instead of 3rd block. Students will be able to make up any work needed during 3rd block Wed-Friday. Parents are welcome to attend the free concert at Dorman HS tomorrow night. A full schedule of all the bands can be found here:

These students have worked incredibly hard all semester- Hope you can make it. GO REBELS!

D5 Private Lessons

We are starting a NEW private lesson program in District 5. This is designed for students who have not been taking lessons. If you already take private lessons we encourage you to stick with your current teacher.

The attached flyer has the information. 9-12th grade students may ONLY sign up for lessons with a professional level teacher (6 lessons for $120)
5-8th graders may sign up for lessons with a professional for the $20 rate OR high school student for $10 per lesson (6 lessons for $60) We will be asking some of our top high school students to be teachers for this program.

Private lessons are key to taking our program to the next level. Most band classes have between 60-80 students in them. There is no way to provide the individual attention needed in a group that size. Private lessons help you have a mentor and also get the individual help to make you a top notch musician.

Here is an article about the importance of private lessons:

Send in this form with a check and a staff member will contact you to set up lessons. It’s as easy as that!