The James F. Byrnes High School Rebel Regiment was crowned the South Carolina Upper State 5A Champion for the fifth consecutive year at the South Carolina 5A Marching Band Championships on November 4, 2017, at Irmo High School. The Upper State 5A Champion award was announced at the end of Preliminary competition among the fourteen South Carolina Class 5A high school marching bands that competed. The Rebel Regiment was also among the eight marching bands chosen to compete in the Finals performance.
In Finals performance at the competition, the Rebel Regiment came in second, with first place going to Wando High School. As 2016’s South Carolina 5A Champion, the Rebel Regiment’s percussion section led all the competing bands into the awards ceremony. The Rebel Regiment performed its program “Lightning In A Bottle” to a packed audience and nationally-credentialed adjudication panel. The band’s program includes selections from Bach’s Toccata and Fugue, Mozart’s 25th Symphony, Sia’s “Chandelier” and “The Electro Suite” by Hans Zimmer.
The Rebel Regiment would like to express its appreciation to the South Carolina Band Directors Association and the Bands of Irmo High School for hosting the Championships. It would also like to congratulate all the bands who competed, especially the 2017 South Carolina 5A champion, Wando High School.
Playing in the newly-completed Mercedes-Benz Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, the Rebel Regiment was a finalist at the Bands of America Atlanta Super Regional and placed eighth overall on October 28, 2017. The Super Regional featured thirty-one high school marching bands, from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Missouri vying for only twelve finalist spots.
The Rebel Regiment performed its 2017 program, “Lightning In A Bottle”, featuring selections from Bach’s Toccata and Fugue, Mozart’s 25th Symphony, Sia’s “Chandelier” and “The Electro Suite” by Hans Zimmer, to an enthusiastic crowd in both preliminary and finals performances. James F. Byrnes placed fifth in its class in preliminary performance and eighth overall in finals performance with a finals score of 85.150.
The Rebel Regiment would like to express its appreciation to Music For All/Bands of America for hosting the Atlanta competition. It would also like to congratulate all the bands who competed, including fellow South Carolina bands from Ft. Mill and Wando high schools.
The South Carolina Band Director’s Association’s Class 5A State Championship Competition will be the Rebel Regiment’s next performance. The band will perform at 3:45 p.m. at Irmo High School in Irmo, South Carolina. Please come out to support your 2017 Rebel Regiment!