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.
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.
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.
The James F. Byrnes Rebel Regiment started their Bands of America Regional Championship adventure on Friday night, October 14, 2016. After attending the Byrnes v. Nation Ford football game at Nixon field in Duncan, SC, the band packed up their instruments, equipment, and overnight bags and headed out on the 2 1/2 hour road trip. It was a short night for the band with an early morning performance time for Semi-Finals at Wake Forest University on Saturday morning.
“Music for All’s Bands of America (BOA) marching band championships are the premier events for marching bands from all around the nation. BOA’s marching band shows offer positively life-changing experiences for the students, teachers and parents of the bands who participate, as well as fans and spectators.”
The regional championship was hosted at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. There were 28 bands performing at the Semifinal competition representing a total of 7 states in the Southeast.
The Rebel Regiment performed their show “Dark Horse” during the Prelim portion of the competition.
“Dark Horse” Features Music from: “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff, The Dark Knight Soundtrack, The Da Vinci Code Soundtrack and Mozart Requiem.
After the Rebel Regiment’s preliminary performance the band members were able to spend some time in the stands during the afternoon to watch some of the other competing bands. The preliminary awards ceremony began at 5:00pm and the Rebel Regiment drum majors lined up on the field with drum majors and band captains from all other 28 competing bands.
The Rebel Regiment was awarded “Outstanding Music Performance”, “Outstanding Visual Performance” and 1st place in class 4 AAAA competition. The Rebel Regiment was also selected as one of the 10 finalist for the BOA Regional Championship.
Upon conclusion of the preliminary awards, the Rebel Regiment began the process of warming up and preparing for their oustanding finals performance at 9:30pm. Finalist bands included: Bassett HS, VA, River Bluff HS, SC Dobyns-Bennett HS, TN, James F. Byrnes HS, SC, Panther Creek HS, NC, Fort Mill HS, SC, Nation Ford HS, SC, , Cary Senior HS, NC, Cape Fear HS, NC, Boiling Springs HS, SC.
Finals awards began at 10:30pm and all 10 finalist bands lined up on the field behind their drum majors and band captions for awards. The Wake Forest university stadium was full of fans, spectators and parents eager for the awards ceremony. The James F. Byrnes band marched onto the field to the cadence of Dobyns-Bennett High School Drumline, the 2015 reigning champions of the Winston-Salem Bands of America Regional event. The Rebel Regiment was proudly carrying the United States of America flag and the state of South Carolina Flag.
The Rebel Regiment received the 2nd place finalist award; as of October 11, 2016 the James F. Byrnes marching band is ranked in the top 40 marching bands in the nation.
The James F. Byrnes Rebel Regiment performed their show “Dark Horse” at the Gaffney High School Reservation Tournament of Champions in Gaffney, SC on October 8th, 2016. There were 21 High Schools from the South Carolina and North Carolina represented at the Reservation Tournament of Champions.
For the second year in a row, The Rebel Regiment is the Gold Division Grand Champion at The Reservation Tournament of Champions at Gaffney High School. This is the Rebel Regiment’s 89th grand
Color Guard – 1st Place
Percussion – 1st Place
Drum Major – 1st Place
Music – 1st Place
Overall Placement – 1st Place
Gold Division Grand Champion!
Check out more photos from the Reservation Tournament of Champions here.
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