Welcome, Mr. Austin Monroe!

The Rebel Regiment is pleased to announce our newest Assistant Band Director Mr. Austin Monroe. He will be working with us this year and has just been hired to teach music at Beech Springs Intermediate. He was a former Drum Major for the RR and student taught with Mr. Valentine this past year. We are thrilled that Austin is returning home as a welcome part of the Rebel Regiment staff!

Check out Mr. Monroe’s Bio!

James F. Byrnes Rebel Regiment Places 24th at Bands of America Grand Nationals Competition


The Rebel Regiment preparing to enter the Lucas Oil Stadium for Grand Nationals. (Photo Credit: Michael Scholz/Upstate Creative Photography)

The Rebel Regiment preparing to enter the Lucas Oil Stadium for Grand Nationals. (Photo Credit: Michael Scholz/Upstate Creative Photography)

On November 10, 2016 the James F. Byrnes Rebel Regiment marching band headed north for the Bands of America Grand Nationals competition in Indianapolis, IN.

“Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha is the nation’s most exciting marching band event. First and foremost, Grand Nationals is an educational performance opportunity open to all high school bands, on a first-come, first-served basis. Grand Nationals is also a spectacular music and pageantry event, one that band fans from across the nation and around the world travel to for the exciting and creative performances.” Source

The preliminary competition was split into two days; November 10-11, 2016.

There were 100 bands from around the country competing in the Grand Nationals competition, representing a total of 20 states. The bands were divided into four class (A-AAAA) based on the enrollment numbers of the schools they represented. The Rebel Regiment performed at 9:30pm on Thursday November 10, 2016, scoring an 87.6 and 8th in their class (AAAA) for the day. There were 5 bands representing the state of South Carolina in total at the Grand Nationals Competition, Boiling Springs, Wando, Fort Mill, Nation Ford, and Byrnes.

On Friday, November 11, 2016 the preliminary competition concluded with the last of the 100 bands performing. The evening concluded with an awards ceremony to recognize each band that performed during the preliminary competition and distinguish the semi-finalist bands. Out of 100 bands, only 36 bands advanced to semi-finals. The James F. Byrnes Rebel Regiment was honored to be one of the 36 bands selected to advance into the Semi-Finals competition.

Drum majors from the Byrnes band, Wando Band, and Fort Mill band at Grand Nationals. (Photo Credit: Michael Scholz/Upstate Creative Photography)

Drum majors from the Byrnes band, Wando Band, and Fort Mill band at Grand Nationals. (Photo Credit: Michael Scholz/Upstate Creative Photography)

After an outstanding performance in Semi-Finals, the James F. Byrnes Rebel Regiment finished in 24th place with a score of 83.35. Finishing in the top 25 in the country was an exclamation point on a winning season for the Rebel Regiment. Other achievements during the 2016-2017 season include winning the grand championship at the Gaffney Reservation Tournament of Champions, AAAA Regional Championship at the Winston-Salem Bands of America Regional Competition, 8th place at the Bands of America Super Regional in Atlanta, and winning the AAAAA SC State Championship.



Rebel Regiment in Grand Nationals Semi-Finals

The BOA Grand National Championships field has been trimmed from 104 to 36 bands for the semi-finals round.  This will be the fourth semi-finals appearance for the Rebel Regiment.

Saturday’s schedule is below:

Semi-Finals Schedule

Saturday, November 12, 2016

6:15 a.m. – GATES OPEN

6:45 a.m. – North Hardin H.S., KY
7:00 a.m. – Adair County H.S., KY
7:15 a.m. – Williamstown H.S., KY
7:30 a.m. – Archbishop Alter H.S., OH
7:45 a.m. – Milton-Union H.S., OH
8:00 a.m. – Reeths-Puffer H.S., MI
8:15 a.m. – Lockport Township H.S., IL
8:30 a.m. – Ayala H.S., CA
8:45 a.m. – Green Hope H.S., NC
9:00 a.m. – O’Fallon Township H.S., IL
9:15 a.m. – Ronald Reagan H.S., TX
9:30 a.m. – James F. Byrnes H.S., SC
9:45 a.m. – Wando H.S., SC
10:00 a.m. – Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX
10:15 a.m. – Marian Catholic H.S., IL
10:30 a.m. – Avon H.S., IN
11:15 a.m. – Owasso H.S., OK
11:30 a.m. – Castle H.S., IN
11:45 a.m. – William Mason H.S., OH
12:00 p.m. – Union H.S., OK
12:15 p.m. – Bellevue West H.S., NE
12:30 p.m. – Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN
12:45 p.m. – Leander H.S., TX
1:00 p.m. – Franklin H.S., TN
1:15 p.m. – Cedar Park H.S., TX
1:30 p.m. – Center Grove H.S., IN

2:15 p.m. – Carmel H.S., IN
2:30 p.m. – Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, MI
2:45 p.m. – Homestead H.S., IN
3:00 p.m. – Lawrence Township H.S., IN
3:15 p.m. – Tarpon Springs H.S., FL
3:30 p.m. – Vista Murrieta H.S., CA
3:45 p.m. – James Bowie H.S., TX
4:00 p.m. – Fort Mill H.S., SC
4:15 p.m. – Clovis West H.S., CA
4:30 p.m. – Columbus North H.S., IN
4:45 p.m. – EXHIBITION: The Ohio State University Marching Band

James F. Byrnes Rebel Regiment 5A SCBDA State Champions Celebration Performance

On Tuesday evening,  November 8th, 2016, the James F. Byrnes Rebel Regiment will perform their 2016-2017 show “Dark Horse” one final time in South Carolina. The show will begin at 7pm on Nixon field at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, SC. This will be a send-off performance for the band  to compete at Grand Nationals this week at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN and a celebration performance for winning the 5A SCBDA State Championship this past Saturday, November 5 2016.

The gates will open at 6:30pm and performance will conclude by 7:30pm. We encourage the whole community to come out and celebrate their very first 5A state championship win for the Rebel Regiment!

Admission is FREE but donations will be accepted. Thank you to the community for your tremendous support of the James F. Byrnes Rebel Regiment Marching Band this season!

The James F. Byrnes Rebel Regiment Wins SCBDA 5A State Championship!

On Saturday, November 5, 2016,  for the first time since competing in the 5A category, The Rebel Regiment became the SCBDA 5A State Champions!

The is the Rebel Regiment’s 11th state championship overall.

The Rebel Regiment also won their fourth consecutive 5A Upper State Championship; their 18th overall and were awarded the Captain Awards for best music performance, best visual performance, and overall effect.

The 5A SCBDA state marching band championship was hosted by Irmo high school at the W.C. Hawkins Stadium in Irmo, SC.