• The Rock Hill High School Band of Distinction placed third in the South Carolina 5A championship competition Saturday.

"It was exciting to say the least," director Joe Gulledge said. "We felt like we had a really good group this year, and they really had their best performance of the year exactly when they needed it -- in finals on Saturday night."

This is the second time the school has medaled in the state competition, Gulledge said.

Wando High School from Mount Pleasant won the competition, held at S.C. State University in Orangeburg. Summerville High School came in second.

Placing third, Gulledge said, is a major accomplishment.

"There's a lot of bands out there that would love to change places with us and have a medal of any sort," Gulledge said.

Rock Hill was among five York County bands to place in the top four in state competitions.

Local bands placed first through fourth in the 4A state championship Oct. 27 and second in both 1A and 2A.

• South Pointe High School, which already competed in its state championship, was the 1A and 2A grand champion at BandBEAT in Charlotte on Saturday.

The band won first place music, general effect and percussion, second place drum major and color guard and placed second overall.

-- Staff reports