Area bands top in state

Local bands swept the top four awards for the 4A State Championship on Saturday, with the Clover High School band taking first place.

Second place in the 4A competition held at Batesburg-Leesville High School was York Comprehensive High School, third was Fort Mill High School and fourth was Northwestern High School.

"It's awesome," said Eric Wells, director of Clover's band. "Nobody was left out of the mix. It speaks a lot for this area."

Wells said 12 bands competed for the 4A state championship. Clover's program "Antithesis" includes "Ave Maria" and music from Leonard Bernstein's "Jeremiah Symphony." The band of 107 students also won first place for music performance and for marching.

Their win is the first state band championship the school has won in 25 years, he said.

"It's a good feeling," he said.

At the 3A State Championship at Clinton High School, South Pointe High School took sixth place out of 12 bands, said director James Turner. Blue Ridge from Greer took first place

It was South Pointe's first trip to the state championship, Turner said.

"The students handled it very well and performed very well," he said.

At press time, The Herald had not gotten results from state championships for the 1A and 2A divisions.

The Lewisville High School band had placed first in the 1A division for the Upper State championship on Oct. 20. The Indian Land High School band had placed fourth.

The Nation Ford High School band had placed second in the 2A division for Upper State championship on Oct. 20.

The 1A state championship was held at Clinton High School; the 2A championship was being held at Batesburg-Leesville.