Rebel Regiment Hosts 25 Bands in the 2017 C. Phillip McIntyre Tournament of Bands

The 36th C. Phillip McIntyre Tournament of Bands took place on October 7, 2017 at Nixon Field at James F. Byrnes High School, hosted by the Rebel Regiment.  Twenty-five high school marching bands competed for top honors before a nationally-credentialed adjudication panel.  In the end, Wade Hampton High School was crowned the Silver Division Champion and York High School was crowned the Gold Division Champion.  

 

The twenty-five marching bands, all from South Carolina, competed in seven classes, with top honors in each class as follows:

 

Class A Champion – Southside High School

Class I Champion – Woodruff High School

Class II Champion – Seneca High School

Class III Champion – Wade Hampton High School

Class IV Champion – Ninety-Six High School

Class V Champion – Blue Ridge High School

Class VI Champion – York High School

 

In addition to the competing high school marching bands, the North Greenville University Marching Crusaders wowed the audience with an exhibition performance of its 2017 show “The Wizard”.  At the conclusion of competition and before awards were announced, the James F. Byrnes High School Rebel Regiment electrified the crowd with an exhibition performance of its 2017 show “Lightning In A Bottle”.

The Rebel Regiment congratulates all the competing marching bands and extends its sincere thanks to the judges, vendors and over one hundred volunteers who made the tournament possible.

Rebel Regiment Judged Gold Division Grand Champion at the Reservation Tournament of Champions

 

 

 

In its opening competition of the 2017 season, the Rebel Regiment electrified the crowds and judges alike, being awarded the Gold Division Grand Champion trophy at the Reservation Tournament of Champions held at Gaffney High School on September 30, 2017.  The Rebel Regiment performed its 2017 show “Lightning in a Bottle” to a packed stadium.  The esteemed adjudication panel awarded the Rebel Regiment overall first place in its class and first place in its class for both percussion and drum majors.  With a high score of 92.75, the Rebel Regiment took the Gold Division Grand Champion award for the second consecutive year.

 

Twenty-three marching bands from both South Carolina and North Carolina competed for top honors in the Reservation Tournament of Champions.  The Rebel Regiment would like to congratulate the other competing bands and extend its thanks to its host, the Gaffney High School Band of Gold, for a wonderful competition again this year.

 

The Rebel Regiment’s 245 marching band members are under the direction of Bryan Bone and Gary Rhoden, with assistance from Thomas Cotter, Jonathan Valentine, Jen Barton, Austin Sanders, Austin Monroe, Kyle Swartz, Rodney Inman, Madison Clayton, Patrick Scyphers and Haleigh Miles.

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
BREAK
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
BREAK

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