Fort Mill Times

Indian Land marching band captures top prizes

In its first competition of the season, the Indian Land High School Marching Band brought home four first-place trophies and a bus full of smiling students.

The band performed at the Boiling Springs Festival of Bands on Saturday and brought home first place honors for Class 1A Hornline, Drumline and first place in the 1A class.

"The way the kids have been working, I knew that if they went out on the field and did their best, good things could happen," Director Matthew Willis said.

In the silver division, which encompassed bands in class 1A to 3A, Indian Land took second place for its horn line, first place in visual, which judges the students' marching abilities, and fourth place overall.

"We're starting to get some results from the kids' hard work and a philosophy of education," Willis said.

Winning competitions is exciting, Willis has said, but that is not his ultimate goal as a teacher. Rather, he focuses on making his students the best musicians they can be.

"If you're the best musicians on the field," Willis said, "Everything else takes care of itself."

The band will compete again on Saturday at the Olde English Festival of Bands. Willis feels confident about the band's chances for more wins at competitions during the season.

"The best thing is we still have a lot of things we can improve on, and a lot of things didn't go as we had hoped and we were still successful," Willis said. "That can mean good things for the rest of the season."