LA's Spirit of the Wildcats Marching Band News

posted Oct 6, 2015, 11:20 AM by Lauren Coffman   [ updated Oct 6, 2015, 11:20 AM ]
On September 19, 2015, The LA SOTW Marching Band participated in the Upper Cumberland Marching Band Festival at Cumberland County High School in Crossville, TN.  This is a festival setting where each group performs, and is judged upon their own merits not against anyone else's.  In this process, the band is given ratings.  Ratings line up like this:  1=Superior, 2=Excellent.  The band earned an overall Superior rating for their efforts at the festival, which is awesome.  The band's ratings received were:  Band=1, Field Commander=2, Percussion=1, Color Guard=2.  This helps us to self-evaluate, and see where we need to make improvements for our upcoming performances.

On Saturday, September 26, 2015 the LA SOTW Marching Band participated in the Trousdale County High School Yellow Jacket Invitational.  This is a real contest, and our first for the season.  There were eight classes of bands, and 25 bands present for this competition.  LA was in Class D, and performed last.  The band performed at 1:30 PM, and after completion they all felt pretty good about their performance even though they knew there were some minor mistakes.  At 5:30 PM, the awards ceremony began, and representatives from every band lined up on the field.  Color Guard received second place.  Percussion received first place.  Field Commander also received first place.  The Band received first place as well.  The Up N Coming Award is awarded to a band who has shown a significant improvement from the previous year, and LA SOTW came away with this distinguished award as well.  This was the first time ever that LA has received this award by unanimous decision of the judges.  Livingston Academy band was very well supported at this competition by band parents.  These parents have made it easy to take trip with all the time and effort they spend with LA SOTW.