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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!

Rebel Regiment at the Bands of America Super Regional, Atlanta

On Saturday, October 29th, 2016 the James F. Byrnes Rebel Regiment competed against 34 bands at the United States Marine Corps’ Bands of America Super Regional at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA.

“BOA Super Regionals attract bands from across the nation and make each venue a destination for these world class high school band events, second only to the Grand Nationals experience. Super Regionals offer a positively life-changing fall marching band experience for band members, band directors, families and enthusiasts.” – Bands of America

Though their performance was on Saturday, the experience began much earlier for the Rebel Regiment. On Friday, October 28th, 2016, the James F. Byrnes Rebel Regiment packed up their buses and equipment and headed to Atlanta, GA to prepare for their performance on Saturday morning.  With an early preliminary performance time of 11:15am, the Rebel Regiment started their day early with warmups and competition preparations.

Bands of America Super Regional Atlanta - Finals Performance

Bands of America Super Regional Atlanta – Finals Performance

Preliminary performances began at 7:15am on Saturday morning and concluded at 4:45pm.

A total of 35 bands performed during the preliminary competition. There were 9 states represented at the competition. After all competing bands performed, the Georgia State University marching “Panther Band” performed their show, “Dome” in exhibition for the spectators and participating bands. The preliminary awards began shortly after 5:00pm with Drum majors and band captains from all 35 bands lined up on the field, anxiously awaiting the results from the preliminary competition. The James F. Byrnes Rebel Regiment was one of only 12 bands that were selected for finals. The 12 finalist bands were assigned a performance time for that evening. After a quick rest, the Rebel Regiment began their preparations for their 9:00pm finals performance. Final performances concluded at 10:30pm and were followed by a stunning performance by The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps–“The Commandant’s Own.” Final awards began at 11:00pm. The Rebel Regiment was honored to accept 8th place at the Super Regional!

 

Winston-Salem Bands of America, Rebel Regiment Class 4A Regional Champions!

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.”

Rebel Regiment taking the field in competition at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC at the Bands of America Regional Championship.

Rebel Regiment taking the field in competition at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC at the Bands of America Regional Championship.

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.

Rebel Regiment members receive award from Bands of America/Music for All president Eric Martin Esq.

Rebel Regiment members receive award from Bands of America/Music for All president Eric Martin Esq.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Gaffney High School Reservation Tournament of Champions

The 2016 Rebel Regiment marching band performing their show "Dark Horse" at the Gaffney High School Reservation Tournament of Champions on October 8th. Photo Credit to Michael Scholz/Upstate Creative Photography.

The 2016 Rebel Regiment marching band performing their show “Dark Horse” at the Gaffney High School Reservation Tournament of Champions on October 8th. Photo Credit to Michael Scholz/Upstate Creative Photography.

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.

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Photo Credit to Michael Scholz/Upstate Creative Photography.

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
championship overall.

Awards:

Class 7

Color Guard – 1st Place
Percussion – 1st Place
Drum Major – 1st Place
Music – 1st Place
Overall Placement – 1st Place

Gold Division Grand Champion!

The 2016 Rebel Regiment performing their show "Dark Horse" at the Gaffney High School Reservation Tournament of Champions. Photo Credit to Michael Scholz/Upstate Creative Photography.

The 2016 Rebel Regiment performing their show “Dark Horse” at the Gaffney High School Reservation Tournament of Champions. Photo Credit to Michael Scholz/Upstate Creative Photography.

 

 

Check out more photos from the Reservation Tournament of Champions here.