Rock Hill High School's Band of Distinction came fractions of a point from winning a state title.
Instead, Rock Hill left Saturday's South Carolina Band Director's Association Class AAAAA Marching Championship with the distinction of Upper State champions.
"We had an outstanding performance -- the best of the year," said Rock Hill band director Joe Gulledge.
Rock Hill scored 95.825 in the finals of the competition held at South Carolina State University, Gulledge said. The reigning state champions, Wando High School, took first with a final score of 95.972.
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"They gave a performance of a lifetime and just missed being state champions," Gulledge said. "We were hoping to do what Northwestern did, and we came close."
Northwestern High School's Purple Regiment won the Class AAAA state championship a week ago.
Rock Hill's show, titled "Dangerous," featured the music of famed movie composer Bernard Herrmann. The Band of Distinction won highest honors in music.
Even though the Band of Distinction didn't win first, Gulledge said he is proud of the hard work that led to the school's first Upper State championship.
"This is probably the best Rock Hill band ever on the field," he said. "I'm really excited about that."
Saturday's competition marked the end of the competition season for Rock Hill.